< img src ="https://chorus.stimg.co/23004116/1ateen.JPG?h=630&w=1200&fit=crop&bg=999&crop=faces"> A Stillwater lady who fled from home in 1980 was killed months later in Texas, authorities have revealed, as contemporary DNA testing lastly fixed the mystery of what took place to Sherri Ann Jarvis, who was simply 14.
Her nude and battered body was found along Interstate 45 near Huntsville, Texas, on Nov. 1, 1980, however the homicide examination was stymied for 41 years as the body might not be identified. The case ended up being referred to as the Walker County Jane Doe, generating years of work for Walker County Sheriff’s Office private investigators and true-crime podcast types who explored the case on social networks.
A Texas company that concentrates on forensic DNA screening made its important development earlier this year, when it used DNA screening methods not available even five years ago to create the names of 6 people who were either direct relatives or aunties or uncles of Jane Doe. Walker County Sheriff’s Office detectives then used the names to develop a family tree, discovering as they did so that a 14-year-old family member ran away in 1980.
“This case has been a top priority of ours for several years,” Walker County Chief Deputy Tim Whitecotton said. The recognition made, the investigation can now totally turn to discovering her killer or killers, he said.
Jarvis was slain soon after she was last seen on Oct. 31, 1980, at a truck stop and dining establishment near Huntsville. An autopsy identified she had been strangled. Jarvis talked to workers at the truck stop, requesting directions to the Ellis Jail Farm, a state penitentiary run by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice about 12 miles north of Huntsville.
Jarvis likewise informed individuals at the truck stop that she was from the Rockport or Aransas Pass area, 2 seaside neighborhoods in Texas about four hours from Huntsville. Authorities talked to school authorities and policemans in those towns however never ever found a connection there.
The fate of Jarvis has actually long baffled her family, who said in a declaration that she was eliminated from the family house at 13 years old because of regular truancy. As soon as Jarvis escaped, her household attempted to resolve the case themselves by working with a private detective but could not determine what happened. Their declaration stated the family wishes to stay confidential.
“Sherri Ann Jarvis was a child, a sibling, a cousin and a granddaughter,” the statement checked out. “She enjoyed children, animals and horseback riding.”
Her moms and dads died without knowing what happened to their daughter, but relatives who were just recently notified by authorities that she had been determined have actually taken a trip to Texas to see Jarvis’ grave at Oakwood Cemetery in Huntsville, Whitecotton said. Her grave marker, donated by a regional business, checks out “unknown white female.” Locals have tended to the grave throughout the years, putting fresh flowers nearby. This week, somebody added a paper sign reading “Sherri Ann.”
The household’s declaration likewise thanked Walker County Sheriff’s Workplace detective Thomas Bean, who led the questions.
“We love and miss you, Sherri, quite,” the declaration concluded. “You are with Mom and Dad now. Rest in peace.”
Matt McKinney – 612-673-7329