Unidentified: Fisherman found body of headless woman floating in St. Clair River 19 years ago

Head never recovered


CLAY TOWNSHIP, Mich. – The body of a woman who had been decapitated was found floating in the middle channel of the St. Clair River 19 years ago.

A fisherman found her body on Oct. 7, 2003, in Clay Township in St. Clair County. Her head was never recovered. She is believed to be a white woman between the ages of 30 and 50.

Officials believe she died sometime between 2001 and 2003. She may have been 5′8′' tall and weighed around 175 pounds. The hair on her body was short and brown.

She was wearing a dark brown or black winter coat with a black lining. She had a green sweater on along with blue/gray pants, lace underwear and nylon ankle stockings. She was wearing black boots.

Anyone with any information should contact the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office at 810-987-1700.

DetailsJane Doe
Body FoundOct. 7, 2003
Location FoundSt. Clair River
Estimated Age30-50
Estimated Height5′8′'
Estimated Weight175 lbs

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