Unidentified decedent

Example of a poster detailing information about unidentified victims, such as the Caledonia Jane Doe (identified in 2015 as Tammy Jo Alexander), Arroyo Grande Jane Doe, Walker County Jane Doe and Buckskin Girl, now identified as Marcia King

Unidentified decedent or unidentified person (also abbreviated as UID or UP) is a term in American English used to describe a corpse of a person whose identity cannot be established by police and medical examiners. In many cases, it is several years before the identities of some UIDs are found, while in some cases, they are never identified.[1] A UID may remain unidentified due to lack of evidence as well as absence of personal identification such as a driver's license. Where the remains have deteriorated or been mutilated to the point that the body is not easily recognized, a UID's face may be reconstructed to show what they had looked like before death.[2] UIDs are often referred to by the placeholder names "John Doe" or "Jane Doe".[3]

  1. ^ "Resolved Cases". doenetwork.org. The Doe Network. Archived from the original on 22 October 2014. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  2. ^ Slott, Ellen L. (21 December 1977). "Sculptor Reconstructs Faces to Aid Police". The Evening Review. p. 3. Retrieved 21 July 2014 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  3. ^ "Why Are Unidentified People Called John or Jane Doe?". mentalfloss.com. Retrieved 5 August 2014.