OK cold case homicide victim may have hitchhiked from Cleveland

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is hoping to identify a victim from a 28-year-old cold case who may have had ties to Cleveland.

According to the OHP, the woman, who is being named "Jane Doe," was picked up on Jan. 18, 1990 by a semi-truck driven by James Edward Taylor.

Troopers were unable to identify the female passenger who was killed when Taylor's truck crashed on US Route 259 in Oklahoma. He was initially charged in Jane Doe's death, but charges were dropped when Taylor died in 2008.

Taylor says he picked up Jane Doe approximately 15 minutes prior to the crash, but investigators say Taylor's sister said he picked Jane Doe up near Euclid Avenue and East 55th Street in Cleveland.

  • Jane Doe was believed to have gone by the names "Beth" or "Baby."
  • She was described as 5 feet 1 inch tall and weighed 87 pounds.
  • She was believed to be between 25 and 35 years old with short black hair, brown eyes, and scars on her forehead and upper left arm.
  • She also had a scar, possibly from a C-section, on her abdomen.
  • At the time of her death, Jane Doe was wearing a shirt, sweater, pantyhose, pants and a belt.

The only personal item found with Jane Doe was a gold-colored ring with a pink stone, which was discovered by investigators and held by troopers for the past 28 years.

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If anyone has information regarding a potential identity or could submit a family reference DNA sample for comparison, contact the Oklahoma Highway Patrol at 1-866-OHP-TIPS, the Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office at 918-295-3400, or the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System at 918-527-0080.

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