Death Without a Name – Henderson Homicide Victim Remains Unidentified 35 Years Later

The body of a young woman was found dumped on the side of State Route 146 just west of Arroyo Grande Boulevard on the night of October 5, 1980. Two men noticed the body, which was found near where Interstate 215 is today.

John Williams, a retired detective, was assigned to the case for the police department. He told media outlets that the primary objective at this point is to find out who this person was.

According to Williams, the body of the victim had multiple stab wounds in the back and her head was smashed in with a hammer. These wounds indicated that the victim was murdered. Since her tragic death, the victim has only been known as “Jane Arroyo Grande Doe.”

After More Than Three Decades, Jane Arroyo Grande Doe Remains Unidentified

As of 2019, the young woman remains unidentified. As a result, the Henderson Police Department renewed a call to the public seeking assistance in identifying this homicide victim.

The Henderson Police Department recently released a “reconstruction” rendering of what Jane Doe looked like before her death.

Police said the victim had light brown, shoulder-length hair, pierced ears and blue eyes. She had a small tattoo, which was blue and appeared to be homemade, on her right forearm. She also was wearing silver colored fingernail police and a vaccination scar on her left bicep.

She had a gap between two teeth on the upper right side of her mouth, according to the police. She was between 14 and 25 years old, and about 5’2″ in height and 103 pounds.

You Can Help

If you, or someone you know, has information concerning this case or may recognize the rendering, should contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678 or