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Ventura County investigators asking for public help to solve 40-year-old Jane Doe case

VENTURA, Calif. -- Ventura County Sheriff's detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying a decades-old unidentified woman.

After 41 years, investigators from the Ventura County Sheriff's Office and the DNA Doe Project found new information related to a "Jane Doe" that was found in 1980.

The unidentified woman was found on June 18, 1980, at the Westlake High School's parking lot.

She was described as a Hispanic and/or Native American woman between the ages of 15 and 25. She was 5-foot-2 and weighed around 115 pounds, with brown eyes and black shoulder-length hair with bleached tips.

When she was found, she was four months pregnant, investigators said.

Detectives were able to use DNA testing to identify the unborn baby's father this year.

The father was identified to be a Honduran immigrant who was associated with a community of Central American immigrants in the Koreatown district of Los Angeles.

Investigators say they have been in contact with him but were unable to get any new info about her.

Detectives are hoping to get any information available from the public to identify Doe.

“We’re asking for everyone to take a look at this artist’s rendering of our Jane Doe and to let us know if they think they might have known her or her family members in the 1980s,” said Steve Rhods of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department.

Anyone with information that might be useful in bringing a close to the decades-old case is urged to contact Rhods at coldcase@ventura.org or by calling 805-384-4736.

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