Advanced DNA technology could reveal who is "Apache Junction Jane Doe"

APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. (FOX 10) -- In August 1992, a teenaged girl was found dead in Apache Junction, and it was a cold case that has puzzled police for well over two decades. Now, however, police have a powerful new tool at their disposal, as advanced DNA technology may help identify the so-called "Apache Junction Jane Doe".

The girl was somewhere around 16 years old, and police believe she had been dead for five to 10 weeks when she was found on State Trust land near Idaho and Baseline Roads. She was wearing denim cut-offs and a short sleeved t-shirt with a soccer theme when she was found.

"There was no identification on her when she was found. Just a couple articles in her clothing, a bus token, a ring, things of that nature. No identification at all," said Larry Kincaid with Apache Junction Police Department Cold Case Investigation.

Police need to know who she is, so they can find people who might know something, and Apache Junction Police Crime Scene Technician Stephanie Bourgeois reached out for high-tech help.

Enter the DNA Doe Project.

"Genetic genealogy tests, all kinds of cases, parents cases, does like this or criminal cases where criminal left evidence at the scene of crime. New technology all kinds of cases. The way of the future for forensics," said Cairenn Binder with the DNA Doe Project.

Anyone with information should call Apache Junction Police.