Metropolitan Nashville Police Department Teams with Othram to Identify 2020 Jane Doe

The remains of a woman discovered in an abandoned Nashville house have not been identified through traditional methods.
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Published October 22, 2023 by Michael Vogen
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In November 2020, the body of an unidentified woman was found in an abandoned house located in Nashville, Tennessee. On Thanksgiving evening, at approximately 8:00pm, a 911 call was placed to report the incident. The Nashville Fire Department District 17 and Metropolitan Nashville Police Department responded to the scene. The body was determined to be that of a White female who was approximately 20 to 45 years old. The woman was 5’4” tall and weighed 225 pounds; she had wavy hair that was reddish-brown in color and approximately twelve inches long. On her left wrist was a semi-colon tattoo consisting of a red heart situated above a black comma. At the time of her death, the woman was wearing a white metal stud earring in each ear.

Details of the case were entered into the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) as #UP76679. In 2023, a forensic artist with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation developed a forensic sketch depicting the appearance of the woman. Despite continuous efforts by law enforcement to identify the woman, no leads have yielded an identity for the unnkown woman. With existing leads exhausted, the woman’s identity has remained a mystery and the case has gone cold.

In 2023, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department partnered with Othram to generate new leads in the case using advanced DNA technology and forensic genetic genealogy. Anyone with information that could aid in the investigation is encouraged to contact the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department by calling 615-862-8600 and referencing agency case number 2020-0731871 or NamUs ID #UP76679.

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Michael Vogen

Michael Vogen

Director of Case Management

2829 Technology Forest Blvd Suite 100, The Woodlands, Texas 77381

Michael works with law enforcement agencies throughout the United States and Canada on “unsolvable“ cases that can benefit from advanced DNA testing methods. He helps these agencies use cutting edge DNA sequencing and new forensic techniques to develop investigative leads for their cases.

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