Homocide Victim, 1976
Update (September 2021): The “Woodlawn Jane Doe” identified after 45 years.
Baltimore County detectives located the body of a young woman on September 12, 1976. It was in the 5600 block of Dogwood Road near the Lorraine Park Cemetery in Woodlawn. Someone strangled and sexually assaulted her. The victim has known as “Woodlawn Jane Doe”. The area of the County where she was found named after her.
Margaret Fetterolf lived in Alexandria, Virginia. She was 16 years old when she was killed. Family members say she went missing in 1975. Detectives are now one step closer to catching the suspects responsible for her murder.
The complexity of this case dates back decades. In the beginning, detectives relied on simple sketches of the victim to generate leads in the case. Then they began to change strategy, as advancements in DNA testing technology. Detectives soon found new avenues to pursue in hopes of identifying Jane Doe. Detectives requested evidence in the case in 2006. With the assistance of The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, pollen testing took place in Baltimore County in2015. The following year, which marked 40 years since the killing, The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children released a new facial reconstruction image of Jane Doe.
The biggest breakthrough in the case came in 2021. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children along with Bode Technology External link conducted additional DNA testing. The results helped to identify “Woodlawn Jane Doe” as Margaret Fetterolf.
Anyone has information regarding this case may be eligible to get a cash reward of up to $2,000.