JANE DOE ARCHIVES, Part 1
This webpage contains a brief timeline as well as articles – from 1954 through 1958 – on murder victim, Boulder Jane Doe.
Found: west of Boulder, CO, April 8, 1954.
Condition: exposed to the elements for a week or more; no clothing or identification.
Description: slender, 110 pounds, 62-63."
Age: originally estimated at 20, but now that she has been identified as Dorothy Gay Howard, we know she was 18.
Burial: Columbia Cemetery, April 22, 1954.
Case revisited: February 2004: then remains exhumed, skull reassembled, DNA profiled, facial reconstruction sculpted, case shown on America's Most Wanted, and photo-superimposition.
Probable murderer: Harvey Glatman.
Remains reburied: September 2008.
Identified: October 2009
Email Silvia Pettem with your questions and comments.
APRIL 1954 – STUDENTS FOUND JANE DOE'S BODY IN BOULDER CANON:
April 9, 1954, BDC, Body of Murdered, Unidentified, Girl Found Near Boulder Creek
April 9, 1954, RMN, Girl Found Slain Near Boulder!
April 9, 1954, DP, Slain Girl Believed Kin of Boulderite
April 9, 1954, DP, Finding of Girl's Body Horrifies CU Students
April 9, 1954, RMN, Old Slayings Back in Boulder Limelight
April 9, 1954, DP, Slaying Recalls Sensational Cases, and Blackhawk Case Recalled
April 10, 1954, RMN, Beat-Up Store Manikin Turns into Battered Body
April 10, 1954, BDC, Slain Girl's Identity Remains a Mystery
April 10, 1954, RMN, Mystery Girl Still Alive When Hurled into Creek
April 10, 1954, RMN, Boulder Remains Calm After Latest Slaying
April 10, DP, Girl Murder Victim Still Unnamed, and Three Pins Only Clue in Slaying
APRIL 1954 (continued) – INITIAL INVESTIGATION:
April 11, 1954, RMN, GI Suspect Nabbed in Girl's Murder
April 11, 1954, BDC, Man Held; Utah Girl Missing
April 12, 1954, RMN, Missing Derby Man Adds New Mystery to Boulder Slaying
April 12, 1954, BDC, All Leads to Identity of Girl and Her Murderer Blow Up
April 13, 1954, RMN, Boulder Sheriff Hunts Murder Site in Mountain Cabins
April 13, 1954, BDC, More Tips in Murder Mystery Lead to Dead-end
April 13, 1954, DP, Slain Girl's Clothing Sought
April 13, 1954, BDC, Airman to Face Charge of Murder
April 14, 1954, DP, Police Get Tip Naming Lowry Men
April 14, 1954, BDC, Suspects in Local Murder Case Cleared
April 15, 1954, BDC, Lead from Kansas is Followed in Mystery of Murdered Blonde
April 16, 1954, RMN, Funeral April 22 for Boulder Murder Victim
April 16, 1954, BDC, Slim Lead Starts Second Week of Girl Slaying Probe
April 16, 1954, DP, Burial Plans Made for Young Murder Victim as More Clues Fade
April 17, 1954, DP, Sheriff Stumped: Boulder Canon Clues Fade in Slay Case
April 18, 1954, DP, Boulder Slay Victim May Be Byers Woman
April 18, 1954, RMN, Canon Slaying Clue Points to Byers Girl
April 19, 1954, BDC, Murder Probe Brings 200 Inquiries from 15 States About Missing Girls
April 19, 1954, DP, Victim Clue Fizzles Out in Hunt for Killer of Strawberry Blond (Mention of "Someone's Daughter")
April 19, 1954, BDC, Another Lead in Boulder Murder Mystery Explodes
April 19, 1954, RMN, Canon Slaying Hits New Dead End
April 19, 1954, DP, Rites For Slain Girl Set Thursday
APRIL-JUNE 1954, FUNERAL SERVICES & MORE ON THE INITIAL INVESTIGATON:
April 20, 1954, BDC, Private Lot in Columbia Cemetery for Murdered Girl"
April 20, 1954, RMN, Missing Woman of Byers Can't be Murder Victim
April 20, 1954, DP, Private Lot in Columbia Cemetery for Murdered Girl
April 21, 1954, BDC, Funeral Services Thursday for Murdered Girl
April 21, 1954, BDC, Another Girl Checked in Boulder Murder Mystery Found Alive
April 21, 1954, RMN, Boulder Provides For Girl's Funeral
April 22, 1954, BDC, Cost of Cemetery Lot Subscribed in Full Today
April 22, 1954, RMN, Who Are They Burying?
April 23, 1954, BDC, "Someone's Daughter," Unknown, but Not Forgotten (Another mention of "Someone's Daughter")
April 23, 1954, DP, Simple Last Rites Underline Mystery of Teen Slay Victim
April 23, 1954, RMN, Heads Bowed at Rites for Murder Victim (accompanied the photo of the graveside burial service)
April 28, 1954, BDC, Youths Quizzed in Girl Slaying, Believed Cleared
May 29, 1954, BDC, Woman Believes Boulder Canon Slaying Victim is Her Daughter
May 29, 1954, BDC, Man Admits Killing Woman in Nevada, Dumping Body Here
May 29, 1954, BDC, Denver Woman's Daughter Alive in Ohio; Surprised
May 31, 1954, BDC, Everson Awaits Arkansas Report on Girl Slaying
June 1, 1954, BDC, "Confession" of Girl-Slaying Here Fails to Provide Out
June 3, 1954, BDC, Another Lead to Slain Girl's identity Probed
June 4, 1954, RMN, Canon Slaying "Victim" Found Alive in Denver
OCTOBER 1958 – SHERIFF EVERSON CONSIDERS HARVEY GLATMAN A SUSPECT:
October 31, 1958, BDC, Slayer Once Abducted Young Boulder Mother
November 4, 1958, BDC, Everson Sends Murder Details to California
45TH ANNIVERSARY – VICTIM REMEMBERED:
April 8, 1999, DP, Woman's Life, Death, Remain a Mystery
October 19, 1999, BDC, "Jane Doe" Mourned but never identified
50TH ANNIVERSARY – CASE REVISITED:
January 29, 2004, RMN, Sheriff May Reopen Murder Mystery
February 2, 2004, Boulder County Sheriff's Office, Press Release: Sheriff Pelle Considers Re-Opening 1954 "Jane Doe" Homicide Investigation
February 2, 2004, BDC, 50-year-old Jane Doe Murder Still Haunts County
February 7, 2004, BDC, Jane Doe: Let 1954 Victim Rest in Peace
February 17, 2004, BDC, Letter to the editor (Tragedy: How Sad That Her Name is Unknown)
April 1, 2004, Boulder Weekly, Searching for Jane Doe's Killer
April 22, 2004, BDC, Boulder Residents Still Care About Jane Doe
May 9, 2004, BDC, Reopen the Case and Find the Truth
JUNE 2004 – JANE DOE EXHUMED:
June 8, 2004, Boulder County Sheriff's Office, Press Release: Exhumation in the 1954 "Jane Doe" Homicide Case
June 9, 2004, BDC, Investigators Exhume the Body of Jane Doe
June 16, 2004, BDC, Graditude, Many Hands Helped Exhume Jane Doe
Summer 2004, Vidocq Society, Vidocq Assists in the Case of Boulder's Jane Doe, Part I
Fall 2004, Vidocq Society, Boulder Colorado's Jane Doe: Part II
December 11, 2004, USA TODAY (and many others), Town Reopens Jane Doe Slaying Probe After 50 Years
TWYLIA MAY EMBREY – MISSING FROM NEBRASKA:
January 9, 2005, North Platte Telegraph, Is Twylia "Jane Doe?" (reprinted on January 12, 2005, as "Who Is Jane Doe?")
January 12, 2005, Omaha World-Herald, Can 52-Year-Old Mystery be Solved?
Winter 2005, Vidocq Society, Update: Boulder's Jane Doe
April 2, 2005, North Platte Telegraph, Researcher Takes on Quest for Twylia May
JUNE 2005 – FACIAL RECONSTRUCTION UNVEILED:
April 21, 2005, BDC, Progress Made on Jane Doe Case This Year
May 25, 2005, BDC, CNN to Spotlight Jane Doe Case
June 9, 2005, Boulder County Sheriff's Office, Press Conference in 1954 Jane Doe Homicide
June 9, 2005, CNN, Missing Persons (transcript)
June 10, 2005, RMN, Officials Hope Reconstruction Will Lead to ID in '54 Murder
June 10, 2005, BDC, Authorities to Reveal Face of Jane Doe
June 14, 2005, RMN, Historian Enlists Art, Science in '54 Case
June 14, 2005, BDC, Sculptor Gives Jane Doe a Face
June 14, 2005, DP, Jane Doe Mystery Getting a Review: A Sculptor has Used the Reconstruction of the Skull of a Woman Killed in 1954 in Boulder Canyon to Try to Put a Real Name to Her Face
June 14, 2005, LTC, Mystery Victim Has a Face
JUNE 2005 – MORE ON TWYLIA & CONTINUED INVESTIGATION:
June 20, 2005, RMN, Nebraska Woman Eyed as "Jane Doe"
June 21, 2005, BDC, County Officers Investigating Jane Doe Lead
June 23, 2005, North Platte Telegraph, Woman Could be Twylia After All
June 24, 2005, North Platte Telegraph, DNA Taken in Search for Twylia
June 29, 2005, DP, Family Seeks, Fears, Answer
July 11, 2005, Boulder County Sheriff's Office, Update on Progress of 1954 "Jane Doe" Homicide
July 12, 2005, RMN, Remains Found in 1954 not Nebraska Teen
July 13, 2005, North Platte Telegraph, Boulder's Jane Doe is not Twylia Embrey
July 13, 2005, DP, Search Resumes After a Wrong Turn
October 8, 2005, RMN, TV Show to Feature Boulder's Jane Doe
October 25, 2005, North Platte Telegraph, Help Me Find My Family
November 3, 2005, North Platte Telegraph, Jane Doe Isn't Twylia
November 4, 2005, People Magazine, The Grave Within ("Cold Trail in a Canyon")
December 27, 2005, LTC, Identifying Jane Doe Continues to be Priority
January 28, 2006, North Platte Telegraph, Sculptor Believes Twylia is Jane Doe
January 28, 2006, Justice Magazine, A Lasting Mystery/Sleuth Nation