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1968 murder mystery leads Huntington Beach police to New York

January 17, 2011 |  4:35 pm

Huntington Beach police said they’ve made a break in an unsolved 1968 murder case by identifying the woman’s shoes as a brand that was manufactured in upstate New York.

The murder victim has been known only as “Jane Doe” since her body was found face down in an open field, her throat slit. She'd been sexually attacked.

For years, police worked under the theory that a purse found near the body belonged to the woman and that family photos found inside it were of likely relatives. But after recently posting the photos on the Police Department’s Facebook page, detectives said they learned it had been a false lead all along and that the purse belonged to someone else.

Now, police said that after again analyzing the woman’s clothing, detectives on the case said they found the brand name Owego printed on the insole of her shoe. It was made by the Endicott-Johnson Shoe Co., which had several  factories in upstate New York. Authorities said the woman may have bought the shoes near the town of Owego, where the company had a factory.

The woman may also have lived somewhere in Tioga County — 200 miles from New York City — before her murder in March 1968, police said.

People who saw the sketch of Jane Doe after her body was found said they knew a woman named Rosie who worked in Long Beach and went missing about the same time as the March 14, 1968, homicide.

Witnesses described that woman as having a strong New York accent. Detectives said they distributed sketches of Jane Doe to media in Tioga County over the weekend.


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-- Nate Jackson