Rockwood memorial marks 10 years since discovery of Jane Doe

News Aug 23, 2015 by May Warren Guelph Mercury

ROCKWOOD — For Lorna and Fred Hawkins, the rest stop off Highway 7 west of Rockwood, just outside of Guelph, is more than just a picnic area.

Every time the couple drives by they think of a woman whose name they don't know.

She was found in a sleeping bag in the woods at the site 10 years ago this month.

"It makes you look," said Fred, a member of the Rockwood Knights of Columbus.

The group placed a stone memorial for "Jane Doe" at the rest stop in 2008 and organized a small ceremony to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the discovery of her remains, Sunday afternoon.

Father Mark Morley, pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in Rockwood, led group of about 25 people in prayers and hymns as cars rushed by on the busy highway alongside the picnic area.

Heidi Stewart of the Ontario Provincial Police criminal investigations branch said the police are no further ahead now than they were a decade ago.

They still don't know who she is or what exactly happened to her.

But that doesn't mean the case isn't still active.

"People always call them cold cases," Stewart said.

"But you think of the victims, it's not cold to them."

There's still a $50,000 reward in place for anyone with information that could lead to Jane Doe's identity, Stewart said.

"We're really hoping that tributes like this bring it back to the forefront, 10 years on maybe somebody is prepared now to say something," she added.

Jane Doe was a white woman between the age of 25 and 45, 5-feet-4 inches to 5-feet-6 inches tall, with "medium brown" hair, according to an OPP release from the time.

Police don't know how she died but suspect foul play as she was dragged about 10 metres into the bush, covered with a sleeping bag and left there.

A DNA sample taken at the time provided no clues.

Police traced some of the clothing she was found in to Quebec.

She was missing two teeth and wore a dental plate, but ads the OPP placed in oral health magazines failed to turn up any helpful information.

An artists' rendition of what Jane Doe might have looked has faded with the elements over the years since the memorial was set up.

But for the Hawkins and others in the community, the story is something that sticks with them.

"We do remember her," said Lorna.

"You see the traffic rushing by, yet this lady is still."

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Rockwood memorial marks 10 years since discovery of Jane Doe

News Aug 23, 2015 by May Warren Guelph Mercury

ROCKWOOD — For Lorna and Fred Hawkins, the rest stop off Highway 7 west of Rockwood, just outside of Guelph, is more than just a picnic area.

Every time the couple drives by they think of a woman whose name they don't know.

She was found in a sleeping bag in the woods at the site 10 years ago this month.

"It makes you look," said Fred, a member of the Rockwood Knights of Columbus.

The group placed a stone memorial for "Jane Doe" at the rest stop in 2008 and organized a small ceremony to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the discovery of her remains, Sunday afternoon.

Father Mark Morley, pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in Rockwood, led group of about 25 people in prayers and hymns as cars rushed by on the busy highway alongside the picnic area.

Heidi Stewart of the Ontario Provincial Police criminal investigations branch said the police are no further ahead now than they were a decade ago.

They still don't know who she is or what exactly happened to her.

But that doesn't mean the case isn't still active.

"People always call them cold cases," Stewart said.

"But you think of the victims, it's not cold to them."

There's still a $50,000 reward in place for anyone with information that could lead to Jane Doe's identity, Stewart said.

"We're really hoping that tributes like this bring it back to the forefront, 10 years on maybe somebody is prepared now to say something," she added.

Jane Doe was a white woman between the age of 25 and 45, 5-feet-4 inches to 5-feet-6 inches tall, with "medium brown" hair, according to an OPP release from the time.

Police don't know how she died but suspect foul play as she was dragged about 10 metres into the bush, covered with a sleeping bag and left there.

A DNA sample taken at the time provided no clues.

Police traced some of the clothing she was found in to Quebec.

She was missing two teeth and wore a dental plate, but ads the OPP placed in oral health magazines failed to turn up any helpful information.

An artists' rendition of what Jane Doe might have looked has faded with the elements over the years since the memorial was set up.

But for the Hawkins and others in the community, the story is something that sticks with them.

"We do remember her," said Lorna.

"You see the traffic rushing by, yet this lady is still."

More on the topic

Who is the Rockwood Jane Doe? Remains of woman still unidentified as 10th anniversary approaches

$50,000 reward offered to help ID Guelph-area Jane Doe E

OPP pursuing woman's killer E

Who is she? E

mwarren@guelphmercury.com

Rockwood memorial marks 10 years since discovery of Jane Doe

News Aug 23, 2015 by May Warren Guelph Mercury

ROCKWOOD — For Lorna and Fred Hawkins, the rest stop off Highway 7 west of Rockwood, just outside of Guelph, is more than just a picnic area.

Every time the couple drives by they think of a woman whose name they don't know.

She was found in a sleeping bag in the woods at the site 10 years ago this month.

"It makes you look," said Fred, a member of the Rockwood Knights of Columbus.

The group placed a stone memorial for "Jane Doe" at the rest stop in 2008 and organized a small ceremony to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the discovery of her remains, Sunday afternoon.

Father Mark Morley, pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in Rockwood, led group of about 25 people in prayers and hymns as cars rushed by on the busy highway alongside the picnic area.

Heidi Stewart of the Ontario Provincial Police criminal investigations branch said the police are no further ahead now than they were a decade ago.

They still don't know who she is or what exactly happened to her.

But that doesn't mean the case isn't still active.

"People always call them cold cases," Stewart said.

"But you think of the victims, it's not cold to them."

There's still a $50,000 reward in place for anyone with information that could lead to Jane Doe's identity, Stewart said.

"We're really hoping that tributes like this bring it back to the forefront, 10 years on maybe somebody is prepared now to say something," she added.

Jane Doe was a white woman between the age of 25 and 45, 5-feet-4 inches to 5-feet-6 inches tall, with "medium brown" hair, according to an OPP release from the time.

Police don't know how she died but suspect foul play as she was dragged about 10 metres into the bush, covered with a sleeping bag and left there.

A DNA sample taken at the time provided no clues.

Police traced some of the clothing she was found in to Quebec.

She was missing two teeth and wore a dental plate, but ads the OPP placed in oral health magazines failed to turn up any helpful information.

An artists' rendition of what Jane Doe might have looked has faded with the elements over the years since the memorial was set up.

But for the Hawkins and others in the community, the story is something that sticks with them.

"We do remember her," said Lorna.

"You see the traffic rushing by, yet this lady is still."

More on the topic

Who is the Rockwood Jane Doe? Remains of woman still unidentified as 10th anniversary approaches

$50,000 reward offered to help ID Guelph-area Jane Doe E

OPP pursuing woman's killer E

Who is she? E

mwarren@guelphmercury.com