Rendering of Pala Jane Doe from 1986. Detectives are seeking help ID’s the woman in the cold case. Photo credit: San Diego County Sheriffs Department.

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Homicide detail is calling on the public in a nearly 30-year-old cold case involving a woman detectives could never identify.

The woman, however, had very distinctive tattoos, that authorities hope might be familiar to someone in the public.

She was found dead on the Pala Indian Reservation Oct. 1, 1986, along Old Temecula Road at mile marker 4.5. She was badly decomposed, so the Medical Examiner could not determine the cause of the woman’s death.

“Jane Doe” was white, and believed to be between 18 and 20. She was wearing a white sweater, blue-and-white striped pants and white boots.

She had multiple tattoos, including “a continuous series of flower-like tattoos around her left wrist,” authorities said. Other tattoos on “Jane Doe” were:

  • The words “Lovin’ Stuff” across her left hip and groin.
  • a red heart on her inner left breast
  • a red rose above her right breast
  • a butterfly on her upper right buttock
  • a motorcycle wheel with the letters H and D on her left buttock
  • a red lightning bolt on her right groin

A reconstruction of her face shows a woman with a thin, oval-shaped face and close-set eyes, with dark wavy hair of medium-length styled around her face.

 Anyone with information on her identity is asked to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Detail at (858) 974-2321. You also may call the San Diego Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477 or send in anonymous email and text messages via the site. A reward of up to $1,000 is being for information that leads to an arrest.

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