A little while ago, the Dallas Police Department dispatched to media the drawing you see at right. It's of a woman police believe to be in her 60s, but the department can't be certain -- because, at the moment, it doesn't even know her name.
Says Senior Corporal Kevin Janse, a department spokesman, she was discovered July 23 at a bus stop in the 2900 block of W. Camp Wisdom. He says the Dallas County Medical Examiners Office has yet to determine a cause of death, but that there was no evidence of "homicidal violence." He says it took two months to release the drawing, done by a crime-scene tech dispatched to the morgue, because homicide detective have tried "so many other avenues," including checking local and out-of-town databases for missing persons and dental records.
"We'd like to get some closure to the family and find out who she is," Janse says. "She's a Jane Doe right now. No one has yet come forward. That's what we hope this will accomplish -- that someone will come forward and say, 'I know who she is.' There are so many avenues homicide tries, and all have come up empty."
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Janse says it's rare that the department would send out a photo of a Jane Doe; usually, he says, "we identify them." Anyone who recognizes the woman is asked to call the Dallas County Medical Examiner at (214) 920-5900 or the Dallas PD Homicide Unit at (214) 671-3661. (Update: No, that "DTown" is not a tattoo, but the artist's signature.)