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The Chicago Dental Society learned this week that the Knox County Sheriff’s Department, with assistance from the FBI Laboratory and the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUS), has established an updated profile and facial approximation of “Jane Doe,” the unidentified skeletal remains found in the East Galesburg Brickyards in 1996. They are looking for dentists, specifically, to further their investigation.

To facilitate the public’s help to identify Jane Doe, the Knox County Sheriff’s Department has established the “Jane Doe Tip Line,” at 309.345.6790.  Photos, press releases, printable flyers, investigation information, case updates, media packets and other information are available for viewing and download on the Unsolved Crimes page at, a webpage dedicated to the Jane Doe investigation.

Jane Doe is a caucasian women, age 55-85. She weighed 130-160 lbs., and was between 4' 11" and 5' 5" tall. She also had a pronounced overbite/over jet, was missing several teeth, and likely had osteoarthritis and DISH. Authorities believe she died sometime between 1984 and 1996. More information, including a rendering, is available online.

Anyone with information on this investigation or possible leads to the identity of Jane Doe is urged to call the Tip Line or e-mail

The Knox County Sheriff’s Department is particularly interested in speaking with the following people at this time:

  • Former employees of the Galesburg State Research Hospital/Galesburg Mental Health Center, especially between 1980 and the date the facility closed.
  • Dental Professionals who may have provided dental care to residents of this facility between 1980 and the date the facility closed.
  • Anyone associated with a charitable or other organization that provided food, clothing or shelter to homeless or disadvantaged people between the mid 80’s to mid 90’s.
  • Anyone with a female friend or family member missing between 1980 and 1996.



Detective Sergeant Jason Landers

Knox County Sheriff’s Department

152 S. Kellogg Street

Galesburg, IL 61401

309.345.3733 or



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