Investigators seek help identifying woman found dead 35 years ago
'Jane Doe' is among nearly 200 individuals in B.C. whose remains have been found but are unidentified
British Columbia investigators are seeking help identifying a woman whose body was recovered from Burrard Inlet 35 years ago.
The "Jane Doe" is among nearly 200 people whose remains have been found but are unidentified in the province, according to a database created by the B.C. Coroners Service last year.
The coroners service and RCMP say in a news release that on the morning of Dec. 12, 1985, a crane operator at Versatile Shipyards spotted a body floating in the water.
Investigators believe the woman, who was likely between 55 and 70, had drowned.
They say the woman was white with blue eyes, had recently dyed blond hair and was five-feet-six inches tall.
She wore boots with 'Bella' written inside
She had two notable scars, including a 12.7-centimetre vertical scar on her mid-abdomen and a five-centimetre lateral scar on the right side of her abdomen.
At the time of her death, they say she was wearing size 16 maroon pants from Sears, a long-sleeved black button-up blouse over a white turtleneck, a green wool vest with brown buttons, a grey wool winter hip-length coat and white dress gloves.
She wore black zippered boots and each had a label inside with the handwritten word "Bella" in blue pen.
A number of other distinct personal effects were also recovered, including a good-luck horseshoe and a pair of gold earrings.
Anyone with information is asked to contact North Vancouver RCMP or the B.C. Coroners Service.