Inside the Evidence: Irondequoit Jane Doe

April 24, 2019 03:11 PM

IRONDEQUOIT, N.Y. (WHEC) — Skeletal remains were found buried in a quiet Irondequoit neighborhood on July 31, 1988. More than 30 years later, the young woman has never been identified. 

News10NBC's Nikki Rudd found out new testing is being done that could identify the victim who has only been known as "Irondequoit Jane Doe." 


A boy found the bones while playing in his backyard on Bay Knoll Drive. News10NBC interviewed him back in 1988. 

"My dad was gardening, and he told me please stay out of the way. So to keep yourself occupied go dig a hole," said then-12-year-old Richard Pryzgoda. "So I was digging a hole and after I got down about two feet, I came across some bones."

The home backs up to Irondequoit Bay. 

"It's just a place where the kids, I know they're safe, and I know they're occupying their time," said Richard's mother after the remains were found. "Little did we know that we could actually find parts of a human body back here."

Fast forward 31 years, we still don't know who this young woman was. 

"It was ruled a suspicious death possibly a homicide," said Irondequoit Police Captain Mark Bean. 

He says there were no signs of trauma. Bean also showed News10NBC pictures never released before from the scene. 

"She was buried in a head down first type thing where her head was placed in first. Her back and legs were above her head," described Bean. 

Investigators believe the body had been there for years. Possibly as early as the late 1950s to the late 1970s. The victim was estimated to be between 15 and 21 years old. She was about 5'1" to 5'4". Her teeth revealed some key details. 

"There was gold foil restoration on the teeth as well as her two front teeth were somewhat crossed a little bit," said Bean. 

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children released a new composite of the victim. Police hope someone will recognize her.


"We're really focusing on who she is," Bean said. "That's our main goal right now."

News10NBC found out new testing on the remains will be done at the University of Arizona. 

"We're going to look to get carbon testing done on the teeth as well as mineral testing," Bean explained. 

This will narrow down the time frame of when the victim was alive and could identify the area where she lived. 

"We'd love to find out the truth of what happened and why she was put there," said Bean. 

Through dental records and DNA, police have already ruled out more than 20 missing young women. 

If you have any information on Irondequoit Jane Doe and who she could be, call Irondequoit Police at (585) 336-6016. 

WEB EXTRA: Click here to see the skeletal remains found in Irondequoit. 


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