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Investigators with the Racine County Sheriff’s Department don’t know the name of or who killed a woman they found dead in a cornfield 16 years ago to the day in the Town of Raymond, but after exhuming her body they know a little more about her.

With law enforcement officials from several jurisdictions surrounding her casket, the woman they’ve come to know as “Jane Doe” was buried at noon Tuesday, July 21 at Holy Family Cemetery in Caledonia after her body had been exhumed in October 2013 to gather more DNA evidence. Investigators with the Racine County Sheriff’s Department know she wasn’t a girl as they originally thought, and that she was likely between the ages of 18 to 25-years-old when she died.

They also know that her body was found by a farmer on 92nd Street between 6 and 7 Mile roads, that she wore a man’s blue western-style shirt with red roses, she was about 120 pounds and she was severely abused before she died.

Investigators have recently been following up on possible leads and they’ve collected more forensic evidence to help the team in their investigation, said Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling.

“I refuse to let this investigation grow cold,” he said.

With the goal of finding out who Jane Doe is and the identity of her killer, Racine County Sheriff’s investigator Tracy Hintz does’t want the public to forget that this case remains unsolved. She still needs the public’s help to solve this case, but the investigation is gaining traction.

“Because for every one step they think they take, I’m taking two right behind ’em… so it’s just a matter of time,” she said.

Please contact RASO Investigator Tracy Hintz at 262.636.3190 or with any information that may help with Jane Doe’s identification or information about those responsible for her murder. You may also reach her on Facebook at Jane Doe Racine County, Wisconsin.


Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.

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