Mary Rose Doe had been found on an early morning in July in 1983 by two men who were heading out for a day of fishing in Delaware County, Ohio at the Hoover Reservoir.
Her poor, strangled body had been laying there for about a week in ill-fitting clothes, begging the question of where she had been killed.
The likeness drawn by forensic artist Wesley Neville can be found at the website ‘Can You Identify Me’ (CYIM) along with information regarding where and how she was found, her approximate age and other pertinent information that could help anyone who might recognize her, to share anything that might help detectives.
Mary Rose Doe’s sad identity had been Jane Doe when she had lain at the Franklin County morgue for over a year when Rev. Joseph Losh of the Sacred Heart Church made a lovely request, and received it, to rename her Mary Rose and have her buried at St. Joseph Cemetery at 6440 S. High Street in Lockbourne.
After an hour long Mass, Rev. Losh was able to bury her under her new name, but her family can’t know that and it would be a very good thing to be able to share; to be able to show them their loved one is at peace.
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It was in October of 1998, fourteen years later, when students from four catholic parishes across Columbus had decided to take Halloween that year to honor the dead (Halloween, All Saint’s Day and All Soul’s Day are day of the year when Catholics pay tribute to the saints and the dead) by memorializing Mary Rose Doe with a grave marker.
Rev. Losh was only able to afford a casket sealed with eightpenny nails for Mary Rose at the time of her burial but the students were able to raise $250 and, with the cemetery's help, they were able to buy her a grave marker.
Detectives believe Mary Rose Doe was strangled but they were unsure if she was sexually assaulted as her body had been laying out in the elements for about a week before she was found. Fingerprints were available though.
Other statistics include:
- Estimated age: 16-25 years old
- Approximate Height and Weight: 5'4"; 102 lbs.
- Distinguishing Characteristics: Dark hair, unknown eye color and a 3½ inch scar over left quadrant of abdomen.
- Dentals: Available extensive dentistry.
- Clothing: White shirt with red and yellow stripes, blue jeans, and maroon-colored slip-on shoes. The clothing found on the body didn’t fit properly, suggesting it wasn’t hers.
Detective Edward R. Kallay had handled Mary Rose’s case in the beginning saying he had gotten a few calls asking about her but is was to no avail; Mary still lays at St. Joseph Cemetery.
Because the clothing didn’t fit, Detective Kallay believed she had been killed somewhere else and then left at the reservoir and since the first priority, according to the detective is “to identify the victim, to give the family some closure”, the authorities had removed the jawbone and teeth to compare to dental records.
Unfortunately, nothing had turned up.
If you have any information about this case please contact:
Columbus Police Department
Detective Larry Reese #1001: 614-645-4036
Franklin County Coroner Columbus Ohio Office 614-462-5290
You may remain anonymous when submitting information.
Agency Case Number: 29-83, O.R. 31868-8
NCIC Number: U839547926. Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.
For more info: for those who live Ohio and want more information, please contact the Ohio Attorney Generals Office at: 800-282-0515 or local: 614-466-4986. They are located at 30 E Broad St #14, Columbus, OH 43215 (Transit: E Broad St & N High St). For directions, please see Google Maps
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Sources: DoeNetwork.org/cases/455ufoh.html; http://canyouidentifyme.blogspot.com/