Jane Doe’s badly decomposed body was
discovered in August 1977 by blackberry
pickers in the south Everett area off 112
SW and 4th Ave. W (which was called Emander
Road at that time).
She had been strangled and shot several times
in the head. Officials weren’t able to identify her
or give her age. At the time (and even years
later) officials reported she could be anywhere
from 17 to 37 years old.
In 1979 David Roth, about 20 years old at the
time of the murder, was convicted of Jane
Doe’s murder and sentenced to prison.
He has since served his time and been released. He has been cooperative with cold
case detectives, but he hasn’t been able to help them much since he did not know the
victim or even her first name.
Roth had picked up Jane Doe, who was hitchhiking near Silver Lake, where he had
gone to swim. From there, they went to an area near where her body was later found
and drank some beer. When she refused his sexual advances he strangled her and
then shot her.
In 1992, Sheriff’s Det. John Hinds (now retired) used a plaster cast of Jane Doe’s skull
to create a facial reconstruction, which was shown to media in hopes of identifying her.
Despite his efforts, no one was able to identify her.
On April 1, 2008, cold case detectives James Scharf and David Heitzman along with
the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office, had Jane Doe’s remains exhumed
from her unmarked grave at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park in Everett in order to get
DNA samples extracted from her bones. King County anthropologist Dr. Kathy Taylor
examined the bones and determined that Jane Doe was likely much younger than
Jane Doe is described as a white female, probably between the ages of
15 and 21.
The autopsy report estimates she was about 5 feet 10 inches tall and 155 pounds. She
had short, light brown to brown hair, which did not have any hair color or treatment on
it. She appeared to have a suntan and was wearing the following: a tank top with
pastel stripes, cut off jeans, and blue and white tennis shoes. She also had a Timex
watch with a brown leather band on her left wrist. Her upper two front teeth had dental
Although the case has been solved for nearly 30 years, detectives want to identify the
young woman so they can give her remains to her family. It’s quite possible she was
from out of state since no one has come forward all these years to identify her. Still, we
are sharing the information with local media, too.
The facial reconstruction is no longer available. However, retired Det. John Hinds (who
now lives out of county) has completed a new sketch of her based on photos of his
reconstruction (along with the new information regarding her age) in hopes of providing
a picture of her that reflects her between the ages of 15 and 21.
We hope a relative of hers will recognize her from the updated sketch and provide a
sample of their DNA to confirm Jane Doe’s identity.
Anyone who recognizes the girl in the sketch or any of the other photos is asked to call
our tip line at 425-388-3845. We are also asking anyone who reported a girl missing in
the late 1970s (who fits the description of our Jane Doe or somewhat close to it) to call
us so we can verify that the girl’s name is still in state and national databases for
missing persons. People should call our tip line at 425-388-3845 and provide the
following information: the missing girl’s first name, middle initial, last name and date of