The Wolcott Jane Doe

By Elise Haley aka Crime Shark

It was August of 2002 when people began to notice a putrid smell hanging in the summer air on West Port Bay Road in the town of Wolcott, NY.  It was a lightly traveled road, mainly used for fishing access. On August 29, 2002, a cable worker noticed what he believed to be a tarp. Upon closer investigation he recognized bones and human remains.  He immediately contacted authorities.

Wrapped in a tan shower curtain, with royal blue shower rings, were the remains of a naked woman, a pregnant woman.  Due the the decomposition present in the body, it was believed she had been there since late June or early July. The stage of decomposition complicated the case even more, as they were unable to identify the victim but also unable to determine the cause of her death.

Investigators believe the woman was hispanic, black, or possibly mixed race.  Her age was assumed to be somewhere between 20 and 40 years old. Wayne County has a large population of migrant workers who travel to work on the farms each year. Authorities theorized their victim may have traveled to the area as a migrant worker.  They even looked into missing persons cases in Mexico and Canada trying to search for the identity of their victim.

If you or anyone you know has any information about the identity of the Wolcott Jane Doe, or any information about her murder, please contact New York State Police at 585-398-4100.  You may also email


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