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Crime News The Jane Doe Murders

Her Body Has Gone Unidentified For Decades — Can 'The Jane Doe Murders' Give Her Name Back?

Yolanda McClary wants to reunite a Jane Doe with her family — and identify her murderer, too.

By Becca van Sambeck
The Jane Doe Murders Airs Sunday, January 3rd

Currently, thousands of murder victims languish nameless across the United States. Police have never been able to identify their bodies, and without that crucial step, their killers cannot be identified, either, and the crime goes unpunished. One such victim, though, may just get her name back.

Oxygen, the destination for high-quality crime programming, exposes the eye-opening world of forensic investigation in the two-hour special “The Jane Doe Murders” on Sunday, January 3, at 7pm ET/PT. In the United States alone, there are nearly 40,000 open cases in which the victim of a violent crime remains unidentified and loved ones are never returned to their families. These victims are called Jane or John Doe, and they become cold cases. There can be no justice for them or their families — but one Jane Doe gets a second look that changes everything. 

In Oxygen’s gripping special “The Jane Doe Murders,” Yolanda McClary, a renowned forensic specialist and former Las Vegas crime investigator who specializes in the recovery of DNA, has made it her mission to help give Jane Does their names back. Using groundbreaking new forensic technology and DNA databases, Yolanda and her team of genealogists set out to help local law enforcement solve a murder case from 23 years ago and reveal the identity of a woman left for dead in the remote woods of Polk County, Oregon. With nothing but bones, Yolanda works feverishly to piece together what happened and potentially uncover clues that can help open new roads in the case.

“Jane Doe Murders” is produced by MY Entertainment with Michael Yudin, Joe Townley, Mark Marabella, and Yolanda McClary serving as executive producers. 

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