AUTHORITIES SEEK PUBLIC'S HELP IN IDENTIFYING MURDER VICTIM
February 12, 2009
(EVERETT, WA) -- The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office has requested the public’s help in identifying the young, female victim of a 1977 murder case. While the murder was solved years ago, the victim has yet to be identified.
Sketch of 1977 murder victim Jane Doe. CLICK TO ENLARGE
Jane Doe’s badly decomposed body was discovered in August 1977 by blackberry pickers in the south Everett area. She had been strangled and shot several times.
In 1979 David Marvin Roth, 20 years old at the time at the time of the murder, was convicted of Jane Doe’s death and sentenced to prison. He has since served his time and been released. Sheriff’s detectives say he has been cooperative with cold case detectives but Roth hasn’t been able to help them much since he didn’t know the victim.
Jane Doe is described as a white female, probably between the ages of 15 and 21. She is estimated to have been about 5 feet 10 inches tall and about 155 pounds. She had short light-brown to brown hair and a suntan. (See drawing at top of this story. Click to enlarge).
The young woman was wearing a striped tank top, cut off jeans and sneakers.
If you have any information that may help or if you reported a girl missing in the late 1970s who fits the description of Jane Doe, please call the Sheriff’s Office tip line at 425-388-3845.
If callers provide a name the sheriff’s office will verify whether it is still in state and national databases for missing persons. Callers should provide the girl’s first name, middle initial, last name and date of birth.