January 19, 2024

COLD CASE: Panola County Jane Doe, 2014

Therese Apel

This is an artist's rendering of a what some human remains found in Panola County in 2014 may have looked like. If you know anything about her, please call 1-800-THE-LOST.
This necklace was found near a skull recovered in Panola County in 2014. Do you know anything about her?

Authorities are still searching for any clue to the identity of a young woman found in Sardis 10 years and five days ago.

On January 14, 2014 a woman looking for her horse found a skull in a wooded area under some trees along Earnest Pratcher Road in Sardis.

Local authorities quickly called in Dr. Nicholas Herrman and some students from Mississippi State University to assist the Panola County Sheriff’s Department and the Panola County Coroner in a search for further remains.

Two femurs were found near the original site of the skull, according to reports.

The details were hard to piece together, given the condition of the remains. It was determined to have been a female, 15-30 years old at the time of death. It appears she was between 4’11″ and 5’06″ tall.

There’s no safe call on her race, either, though officials say she had some European features.

It appeared she had been dead for an extended period of time, but according to a post on the Help ID Me Facebook, “a confident time frame is unknown.”

Very little was found with the remains, but a piece of something that appeared to be clothing, a car jack, and a gold necklace were found near the body. Law enforcement can not say for certain if those pieces were actually connected to the case.

The necklace appeared to have small hearts along the chain, officials said.

A forensic artist from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children was able to do a sketch of what the woman may have looked like in life, though there is a margin of error because the lower jaw was not recovered.

If you know anything about this case, please call the Mississippi State Medical Examiner at (601) 420-9140, the Panola County Sheriff’s Department at 662-563-6230, or 1-800-THE-LOST.

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