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Update: Jane Doe has a Name – In Search of the Human Spirit
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Update: Jane Doe has a Name

Update: Jane Doe has a Name

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If you’ve been reading this blog, you’ve heard of Jane Doe in my posts 18 Aug 2005 and 14 Dec 2006. In December, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department was getting closer to finding out who the young, nameless murder victim was.

They went down to Mexico and pinpointed the town she might have been from. They spoke to people, passed around fliers, went door to door. In the end, a woman came forward who believed Jane Doe was her daughter.

Well, the DNA results came in and the DNA matches between Jane Doe and the woman. Jane Doe’s name is really Yesenia Nangaray. She came to America in hope of a better life at the age of 15. She contacted her mother a couple of times from the Bay Area and then the calls stopped. Her mother, Maria Del Carmen, thought the worst. And, her worst nightmares came true!

Yesenia was murdered at the age of 16. It was 6 weeks after she came to America.

The hunt is now on for a suspect in her murder. The suspect, Miguel Angel Nunez-Castenada, was from the same town.

Sgt. Scott Dudek and the members of his team should earn the highest humanitarian award possible. They could have left the unknown teenager in the category of crimes that were never solved. There are so many Jane and John Does who died each year and are buried without acclaim. But, they didn’t do that. They worked on her case as if she was the Queen of England. Because of their dedication, we know her name and a mother in Mexico knows she must grieve.

There were more positive results of the investigation. Since they spread their net across the US and Central America, many parents learned that their missing daughters were alive and well. Maria Del Carmen does not have that happy ending, but she at least now knows what happened to Yesenia.

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