February 23 1995 Bill Wilson went to fill his water bottle with water from the creek by Ruskin bridge, near Mission BC. At first when Bill saw the object he thought it was an old bowl and flipped it over. It was a partial skull with some of the vertebra attached. The DNA from this skull provided the information about the sex and approximate age but police have never been able to identify this skull.
Then in 2002 there were heel and rib bones with the same DNA found on the Picton farm . The skull that was found in the creek bed had been cut in half like many of the other skulls found on the Picton farm. Even with all the publicity of the horrifying Picton farm cases there were still no clues as to who this person could be.
We now know that this person was a female caucasian between the ages of 20-40 years old at the time the skull was found. A pathologist has said that the skull was in the marshy creek for just a few weeks. So where did this skull come from? It a question that has been asked many times since the partial skull was found. There was no jaw bone and the area was searched and no other remains were found. Police say that this body was killed between 1985-1995 but does not match any of the missing women on file.
This is where it would be good to have a DNA data bank for all missing people of Canada. It would mean getting the DNA samples from family members that are blood related and put into a national Data bank. Here is a link to the petition to get a Canadian DNA data base of all the missing people http://www.gopetition.com/petition/41301.html
Lets hope that with all the publicity this Jane Doe can be identified and laid to rest.
- RCMP seek help identifying woman tied to Pickton farm (ctv.ca)
- Police release old sketch to identify Pickton-linked Jane Doe (canada.com)