Dorothy Gay Howard
(Boulder Jane Doe)
photo courtesy of the Howard family
JANE DOE ARCHIVES, Part 2
This webpage contains a brief timeline, as well as articles – from 1999 through the present – on murder victim, Boulder Jane Doe.
Found: west of Boulder, CO, April 8, 1954.
Condition: exposed to the elements for a week or more; no clothing or identification.
Description: slender, 110 pounds, 62-63."
Age: originally estimated at 20, but now that she has been identified as Dorothy Gay Howard, we know she was 18.
Burial: Columbia Cemetery, April 22, 1954.
Case revisited: February 2004: then remains exhumed, skull reassembled, DNA profiled, facial reconstruction sculpted, case shown on America's Most Wanted, and photo-superimposition.
Probable murderer: Harvey Glatman.
Remains reburied: September 2008.
Identified: October 2009
Email Silvia Pettem with your questions and comments.
MARCH 2006 – HARVEY GLATMAN RECONSIDERED A SUSPECT (See also, from 1958, "Sheriff Everson considers Harvey Glatman a suspect" on the Jane Doe Archives, Part 1 page.) :
March 17, 2006, LTC, Serial Killer Suspected in 1954 Death
March 17, 2006, RMN, Killer Was Strange From the Start
March 17, 2006, RMN, Serial Slayer May Be Tied to '54 Death
2006 – CONTINUED INVESTIGATION:
2006, CRC Taylor & Francis, COLD CASE HOMICIDES: PRACTICAL INVESTIGATIVE TECHNIQUES, by Richard H. Walton. This textbook includes a 12-page case study on "Boulder Jane Doe."
March 21, 2006, BDC, Jane Doe May be ID'd
March 22, 2006, DP, Body of Evidence
April 9, 2006, BDC, Harvey Glatman's First Molestation Charge was in Boulder
2006 – TWYLIA FOUND
April 28, 2006, Omaha World-Herald, Woman Missing 54 Years Found – Just After Her Death
April 28, 2006, North Platte Telegraph, "Twylia May" Mystery Solved
April 28, 2006, AP, Runaway Hid for More than 50 Years
April 29, 2006, North Platte Telegraph, Peristence Found Twylia
April 29, 2006, DP, '54 Cold Case Helps Solve a 2nd Mystery
May 1, 2006, Gately Funeral Home, Melrose MA (includes photo of Twylia/Teri)
May 7, 2006, Omaha World-Herald, Nebraskan Used New ID to Craft Life Far from Kin
May 14, 2006, North Platte Telegraph, Victim Helped Crack Case
2006-2008 – AMW & CONTINUED INVESTIGATION:
July 7, 2006, LTC, Unsolved Boulder Murder on TV
July 8, 2006, America's Most Wanted, Mystery Surrounds 50-year-old Murder
July 9, 2006, BDC, TV Show Yields Tips on 52-Year-Old Mystery
July 10, 2006, LTC, TV Show Nets 15 Tips on Jane Doe
November 13, 2006, BDC, Unidentified Bodies: A Tale of Two Janes
February 24, 2007, San Antonio Express-News, Who's Buried in Jane Doe's Grave?
May 29, 2007, Transcription of Missing Pieces Radio Show, interview by Todd Matthews
August 19, 2007, Arizona Daily Sun, Flag Residents' Help Needed to ID Murder Victim
September 25, 2007, NAU website, Searching for Information on NAU Alumn
April 18, 2008, Boulder County SO, Press Release, On-going Attempts to Identify 1954 Homicide Victim
April 19, 2008, LTC, 54-Year-Old Mystery of Jane Doe Closer to Closure
April 19, 2008, BDC, Photo May Help Identify Jane Doe in Cold Case
April 19, 2008, 9News.com, Detectives Hope Photograph Will Solve 54-year-old Mystery of Jane Doe.
April 21, 2008, RMN, Jane Doe's ID One Link Away From Verification
April 22, 2008, CBS4, Authorities Encouraged in 1954 Cold Murder Case
April 22, 2008, North Platte Telegraph, Has Boulder Jane Doe Mystery Been Solved?
April 25, 2008, BDC, Katharine E. Farrand Dyer is Believed to Have Been Jane Doe
April 27, 2008, DP, Who is Boulder's 1954 "Jane Doe?"
May 11, 2008, Arizona Daily Sun, Help Needed to Solve Cold Case
2008 – REBURIAL:
September 11, 2008, RMN, Murder Victim Returned to Her Grave
September 11, 2008, LTC, Remains of Boulder Jane Doe Reburied in Quiet Ceremony
September 11, 2008, Boulder County Sheriff's Office, Re-Interment of "Jane Doe"
September 26, 2008, BDC, "Jane Doe" Reburied in her Former Grave
October 1, 2008, AP, Mysterious Murder Victim Buried in Colorado
October 5, 2008, San Antonio Express-News, San Antonio Lead Pursued in Cold Case
2009 – CONTINUED INVESTIGATION:
February 16, 2009, RMN, Forensic Experts to Hear Boulder Jane Doe Case
2009 – KATHARINE FOUND IN AUSTRALIA:
August 20, 2009, New Development in the 1954 "Jane Doe" Homicide Investigation, Boulder County Sheriff's Office Media Release
August 20, 2009, Press Release issued by Silvia Pettem
August 20, 2009, Longmont Times-Call, Woman Not 'Boulder Jane Doe'
August 20, 2009, Denver Post, Woman Believed to be Boulder 'Jane Doe' Alive in Australia
August 20, 2009, Daily Camera, Woman Eyed as Boulder 'Jane Doe' Found to be Alive
August 20, 2009, Channel 4 News, 10pm, (Watch video HERE)
August 21, 2009, The Australian, "Boulder Jane Doe" Suspect Living in Australia
August 21, 2009, 3news.co (New Zealand), Woman Belived Killed in 1954 Living in Australia
August 21, ninemsn.com.au (Australia) 2009, 'Killed' US Woman Living in Australia
August 21, 2009, UPI.com, Woman Thought Dead Living in Australia
August 21, 2009, Telegraph.co.uk, Suspected Victim of US Murder Found Alive
August 21, 2009, NPR, Woman Thought to Have Been Murdered in Colo. in '54 Found Alive in Australia
August 22, 2009, timesonline.co.uk, Katharine Farrand Found Alive 50 Years After She was 'Murdered'
August 22, 2009, Twitter, Katharine Dyer Not a Colorado Murder Victim
August 2009, Vidocq Society Journal, "An Unusual Partnership: Law-enforcement, the Vidocq Society, and Me," by Silvia Pettem
August 28, 2009, Colorado Public Radio interview – "Boulder's 'Jane Doe' Mystery Takes A New Turn." (Enter "August 28" and Listen HERE)
September 9, 2009, North Platte Telegraph, "Boulder Jane Doe" Mystery Continues
October 4, 2009, North Platte Telegraph, "Writer, historian to visit NP," by Diane Wetzel
2009 – RECENT DEVELOPMENTS:
October 18, 2009, 9 News Your Show, White House press secretary Dana Perino; Music icon Quincy Jones; and Boulder historian Silvia Pettem
Your Show video HERE (Go to "News," then "Your Show," then "Your Show Archive")
October 18, 2009, 9 News, After 55 years, Boulder Jane Doe could soon be identified
October 18, 2009, Daily Camera, New DNA tests underway in Boulder's 55-year-old Jane Doe case
October 25, 2009, Daily Camera, Clay Evans' BOOK REVIEW
2009 – JANE DOE IDENTIFIED AS DOROTHY GAY HOWARD
October 28, 2009, Boulder County Sheriff's Office Press Release
October 28, 2009, Fox 31, After 55 years, Boulder's "Jane Doe" identified thanks to historian's dogged pursuit
October 29, 2009, Longmont Times Call, DNA Gives Jane Doe 1954 a Name
October 29, 2009, Daily Camera, Mystery Solved: Boulder Sheriff ID's Jane Doe as Dorothy Gay Howard
October 29, 2009, AP, Jane Doe's Nude Battered Body Identified 55 Years Later
October 29, 2009, USA Today, 55 Years After Murder, Boulder's "Jane Doe" Identified
October 29, 2009, Denver Post, After 55 Years, DNA Identifies Boulder County's "Jane Doe"
October 29, 2009, CBS KPHO TV, Phoenix (includes footage from CBS in Denver)
October 29, 2009, Arizona Republic, Identity of Jane Doe Determined after 55 Years
October 30, 2009, North Platte Telegraph, She's Jane Doe No More
October 31, 2009, North Platte Telegraph, Boulder Jane Doe Identified, but Who Did It?
November 3, 2009, The Daily Journal (San Mateo CA), "Jane Doe" was Local Man's Missing Cousin
November 3, 2009, Wisconsin State Journal, Madison's Woman's Persistence Solves a Half-century Mystery
November 3, 2009, Associated Press, Missing Ariz. Teen's Family Finally Knows Her Fate
November 4, 2009, Longmont Times-Call, Jane Doe Family Grateful to Investigators INCLUDES LETTER FROM DOROTHY GAY HOWARD'S SISTER
November 4, 2009, Colorado Public Radio, "Boulder's Jane Doe Identified," (Enter "Pettem," and click on November 4 to Listen HERE)
November 15, 2009, Denver Post, After 55 Years, Jane Doe's Story Finally Coming Together
November 18, 2009, KFSM News (Ft. Smith/Fayetteville AR), Arkansas Woman Helps Solve Colorado Cold Case
November 20, 2009, America's Most Wanted, Unknown Dorothy "Dot" Gay Howard Killer (website write-up).
November 30, 2009, Forensic Magazine, reprint of Boulder County Sheriff's Office Press Release from October 28, 2009.
Fall 2009, Chesapeake Examiner, Boulder Jane Doe, by Richard H. Walton.
2010 - ONGOING PUBLICITY
January 4, 2010, Forensic Science & Research Limited, 55-year-old Murder Solved
January 2010, Vidocq Society Journal, Boulder Jane Doe Identified as Dorothy Gay Howard
January 23, 2010, "America's Most Wanted" segment on Jane Doe's identification. (Video no longer available online.)
February 7, 2010, Fox News, Terminally ill artist hopes to solve missing boy case in North Carolina.
February 15, 2010, Examiner.com, "Missing Person Case Solved–After 55 Years"
Spring 2010, Chesapeake Examiner, BOULDER JANE DOE IDENTIFIED, by Richard H. Walton.
January/February 2010, Evidence Technology Magazine, LONG AGO LOST: A NEW APPROACH TO COLD CASES, by Tom Adair
April/May 2010, Evidence Technology Magazine, OUT OF THE PAST: A FRESH LOOK AT COLD CASES, by Silvia Pettem
April 21, 2010, North Platte Telegraph, Author to speak about quest to identify murder victim
May 1, 2010, Lexington Clipper-Herald, "Jane Doe" author coming to Lexington
May 11, 2010, Daily Camera, Boulder author Silvia Pettem is finalist for Colorado Book Award
May 17, 2010, The New Criminologist, excerpt from "Someone's Daughter" on Pettem's interview with Harvey Glatman's first assault victim
May 20, 2010, Boulder Daily Camera, Obituary for Dorothy Gay Howard
May 20, 2010, Longmont Times-Call, Time to say bye: Family, friends to hold memorial for one-time Jane Doe
May 21, 2010, Boulder Daily Camera, Family in Boulder for "Jane Doe" Memorial, 56 years after murder
May 21, 2010, Denver Post, 2010 Colorado Book Awards Finalist Readings: History & Biography
May 27, 2010, Colorado Springs Independent, Colorado Book Award Finalists
May 22, 2010, CBS 4 News, Dorothy Gay Howard's memorial service
June 28, 2010, Coloradan, Books by Alums, Boulder Jane Doe
July 16, 2010, An old-school DNA detective: Researcher uses new, old methods to identify bodies, Spokesman-Review, by Asia Hege
September 1, 2010, Sleuthing for Jane Doe, Coloradan, by Lisa Marshall
October 17, 2010, Bench will be final memorial to Boulder Jane Doe, Daily Camera, by Silvia Pettem
October 18, 2010, "Meet the Spirits:" Bringing Boulder history to light at Columbia Cemetery, Daily Camera, by Amy Bounds.
Winter 2010, Vidocq Society Journal includes article on Medal of Honor recipients.
2011 - 2012, ONGOING PUBLICITY
January 7, 2011, Photo in May 21, 2010 "Family in Boulder for Jane Doe Memorial, 56 years after murder" (see above) chosen as one of the Daily Camera's best photos of the year.
March 25, 2011, Pathology was Dr. Froede's true passion, Arizona Daily Star (on the recent death of Dr. Froede who led the Vidocq Society team in the identification of Jane Doe.)
THE FOLLOWING 6 ARTICLES ARE A SUMMARY OF THE CASE WRITTEN BY THE LONGMONT TIMES-CALL AND REPRINTED IN THE BOULDER CAMERA
June 9, 2011 #1, Is this Jane Doe?, Longmont Times-Call (reprinted from May 2008), by Pierrette J. Shields
June 9, 2011 #2, Lonely Hears Killer, Longmont Times-Call (reprinted from May 2008), by Pierrette J. Shields
June 9, 2011 #3, Mystery Solved?, Longmont Times-Call (reprinted from May 2008), by Pierrette J. Shields
June 9, 2011 #4, Not Jane Doe, Longmont Times-Call (reprinted from August 2009), by Pierrette J. Shields
June 9, 2011 #5, DNA gives Jane Doe a name, Longmont Times-Call (reprinted from October 2009), by Pierrette J. Shields
June 9, 2011 #6, Jane Doe family grateful, Longmont Times-Call (reprinted from November 2009), by Pierrette J. Shields
June 29, 2011, One Woman Who Made a Difference, Forensics4Fiction, by Tom Adair.
May/June, 2011, Sheriff Magazine, Law-enforcement volunteers: An Essential Tool in the Investigation of Cold Case Homicides, by Derek Regenburger (page 23).
July 28, 2011, Renowned composer of the dead (OBITUARY OF FRANK BENDER), philly.com.
August 2, 2011, New Boulder County Sheriff's Office awash in law-enforcement history, Longmont Times Call. Includes mention of Jane Doe/Dorothy Gay Howard exhibit.
January 2012: Someone's Daughter review in "Defrosting Cold Cases"
April 12, 2013, Local historian Silvia Pettem to speak on Jane Doe murder case in Superior Thursday, Daily Camera
NEW April 14, 2013, DNA aided '50s Jane Doe case, Daily Camera
On July 29, 2009, after the first edition of "Someone’s Daughter" had already gone to press, I turned on my computer and opened an email titled “Katharine Farrand Dyer.” Signed by someone unknown to me, the message marked a turning-point in the fifty-five-year-old case.... READ THE REST OF THE EPILOGUE HERE