BSO using social media to help identify female homicide victim

Screen shot taken by the Bossier Press-Tribune of the Bossier Doe Facebook page. The Bossier Sheriff's office hopes it will lead to identifying a woman killed more than three decades ago.

The Bossier Sheriff’s Office is using social media to solicit the public’s help in identifying a young female found deceased with multiple stab wounds in Bossier Parish more than 34 years ago.

Composite drawing by LSU FACES Lab of an unidentified found deceased on Jan. 28, 1981, in east-central Bossier Parish.  The Bossier Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying her.
Composite drawing by LSU FACES Lab of an unidentified found deceased on Jan. 28, 1981, in east-central Bossier Parish. The Bossier Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying her.

A Facebook site under the name “Bossier Doe” was created Feb. 6 by Bossier Sheriff’s Office detectives because of the vast potential scope of where this young lady may have originated.  Detectives believe she might be from the local area, or originate from south Louisiana or neighboring states, or even be a runaway from another state.

The unidentified person is a white female ranging in age from 15-20 years old, 5’6” tall, about 125-135 pounds with blonde hair.  She was wearing blue jeans with a long-sleeve button up shirt and tan cardigan sweater.

She was also wearing a large Buffalo Nickel belt buckle and white “Evonne Goolagong” brand deck shoes.  The name “D. Davies” was written in a marker on the inside of the shoes she was wearing.  On the outside of the shoes were the names “Dena & Michael Brisco” written in ink.  Forensics experts determined that she had a substance on her teeth used to bond braces that could have indicated she had removed the braces on her own.

The use of Facebook to help in a case like this came about after Bossier detectives discovered another case involving a missing person from Florida in 1979.  In that case, the identity of the young girl was known, but they never knew what happened to her.  A friend developed a profile for her on Facebook in 2014 to see if anyone had information about her.  Just two weeks ago in late January, she found out what happened to her friend.  A girl who had been found shot to death in New York 35 years earlier was identified as Tammy Jo Alexander, the missing Florida teenager.

“In our case, we have a homicide victim we cannot identify,” said Sgt. Dave Faulk, Crime Scene Investigator with the Bossier Sheriff’s Office.  “While we are exhausting all missing and unidentified person’s databases, we wanted to expand our search to social media in hopes that someone sees her face or hears her story and can help identify her.”

Back on Jan. 28, 1981, hunters found a decomposed body in the woods about a mile off of Highway 157 just south of Highway 528 in east-central Bossier Parish.  Detectives with the Bossier Sheriff’s Office found no purse or identification on her.  They conducted a thorough search for a match with missing or identified person’s databases, but nothing matched.

The Coroner’s Office found multiple stab wounds and determined she had been deceased for about four to six weeks.  Detectives worked with the LSU FACES Lab in Baton Rouge, who developed a reconstruction composite drawing of what the unidentified female may have looked like.

Based on their investigation, detectives believe she may be from the Ark-La-Tex area in addition to a number of parishes in southeast Louisiana, including Calcasieu Parish and the Vinton area, as well as Beauregard, Jefferson Davis, Evangeline, Acadia, Vermilion, Allen, Lafayette and St. Landry Parishes.  Detectives also believe she may have been a runaway and are hoping someone knows who she is.

“We have an unsolved homicide and an unidentified female victim that we believe someone has answers to,” said Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington.  “Even after nearly 34 years, we would like to help bring closure to her family, wherever they may be.”

Detectives are asking people to ‘like’ and then share the “Bossier Doe” Facebook page with your Facebook friends to help disseminate information about the case and help provide any comments that could assist in the investigation.

As always, if anyone has additional information, they are encouraged to contact the Bossier Sheriff’s Office at 318-965-2203.