Southern Arizona's Most Wanted - Cold case victim ID

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Marana Police Department is asking for help identifying a victim in a cold case murder.

In 1987 the Arizona Dept of Public Safety and the Marana Police Dept investigated a "Jane Doe" homicide in which the victim had been shot several times.

The victim was found face up beneath an overpass in a drainage ditch along Interstate 10 near milepost 238. Footprints with a chevron stripe were present in the dirt next to the right side of the body.

Due to the condition of the body, law enforcement has never identified the young woman.  In 2010 the body was exhumed from her grave and more modern forensic tests were conducted, including DNA and a facial reconstruction.

It has been determined that Jane Doe was between the ages of 17 and 24 when she died.  She was white skinned, however she has some Hispanic or Native American ethnicity.

The victim appears to have had good dental care during her life; however, she did have some noticeable dental characteristics.

Family and friends of the victim would recognize the victim's gapped front teeth.  Additionally, she appears to have a significant overbite.

Investigative work from 1987 and local media coverage over the years leads us to believe that the victim may not be from the greater Tucson area.