A little metal marker lacking a birthdate and naming the woman buried there as a Jane Doe is all that remains of an unidentified woman discovered May 25, 1981 near Dixon.
Laura Huffman of Waynesville wants to give the woman her name back. She has started a Facebook campaign in the hopes that her family or someone who knows something might recognize her.
Dawnmarie Secora and Huffman, local historians, heard the story in the course of their study of local history and felt prompted to try to do something to help.
The Facebook page created to attempt to identify Pulaski County's Jane Doe is called Remembering Pulaski County's Jane Doe and can be found at http://www.facebook.com/rememberingpulaskicountyjanedoe.
Huffman said she hopes to identify the woman and maybe, at some time in the future, get her a real grave marker with her actual name on it.
Huffman plans to talk to people in the area who were around when the case first happened, try to find who would be in charge of the case now and would like to get an artist's rendering of Jane Doe's face to use for identification rather than the post-mortem picture that is available now.
The Jane Doe buried at Waynesville Memorial Cemetery was found in the water at the Mill Creek crossing of highway MM northeast of Dixon.
According to Daily Guide archives, she was found by Wayne Brandt of Dixon while he was attempting to get a load of gravel from the creek.
She was described as dark complected, in her 30's, with a full upper denture plate, five foot, three inches tall and weighing 130 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.
According to news coverage from Daily Guide archives, the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department had trouble pinpointing her ethnicity because she had been severely beaten and was strangled.
She was found wearing a dark blue, long-sleeved blouse with white pinstripes, jeans, and a bra with Jubel or Julie written inside the bra in magic marker. She was not wearing shoes, no shoes were found at the scene and she was found with a pair of pantyhose wrapped around her neck.
County Coroner Jim Long ruled that the cause of death was strangulation, according to Daily Guide archives.
Pictures of the woman's face were sent to television stations in Springfield and Columbia at the time, but no one ever came forward to identify her.
The anniversary of her death is coming next week which has prompted Secora and Huffman to decide to hold a memorial service for Jane Doe at her graveside at 9 a.m. They plan to place fresh flowers on her grave and have a minister say a few words. The community is welcome to attend.