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Dorothy Howard

Case Details

Case Type: Homicide

Height: 5' 3"

Case Status: OPEN

Weight: 100 lbs


Identifying Marks:

Incident Date: 04/01/1954


Agency: Boulder County Sheriff's Office

City: Boulder

Date of Birth: 03/26/1936

County: Boulder

Date of Death: 04/01/1954

Agency Case #: 04-4822

Age: 18

Judicial District: 20th Judicial District

Gender: Female

Year Solved:

Race: Caucasian

NamUs Case #: Unknown

Eyes: Blue

NCMEC Case #: Unknown

Hair: Brown

About this Case:

In 1954, Boulderites were shocked by the brutal murder of an unidentified young woman. After a futile attempt to establish her identity, as well as that of her killer, citizens donated funds for the woman's burial in Columbia Cemetery. She's still there today, with "Jane Doe" engraved on her headstone. Police didn't have much to go on. Two male CU students hiking along Boulder Creek below Boulder Falls found her body lying on rocks at the bottom of a 29-foot embankment. "At first we thought it was a store window dummy," one of the students was quoted as saying. "We didn't think it could possibly be a human body." But it was. They jumped in their car, rode into town, and returned with a skeptical sheriff. All identification had been removed from the slender young victim, estimated to have been 20 years old. She had been stripped, beaten, and left to die, and then was exposed to the elements for three or four days. All that remained of her personal belongings were three bobby pins in her long reddish-blonde hair. There were no fillings in her teeth, so there could be no dental records. The only clue was a scar from an appendectomy. Police combed Boulder Canyon and nearby mountain areas for her clothing,but nothing was ever found. Requests for missing persons went out all over the country. Several parents, whose own daughters were missing, traveled to Boulder, but no one could identify her. Then finally she was identified as Dorothy Howard. To this date the killer of Dorothy Howard has never been identified, Anyone with information regarding this case, is asked to please contact the Boulder County Sheriff's Office.

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