60 Years Of Jane Doe Portraits Give Nameless Women The Attention They Deserve

March 28, 2015 12:12 AM

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60 Years Of Jane Doe Portraits Give Nameless Women The Attention They Deserve

On May 10, 1950, the body of an unidentified woman with red hair and freckles was found in Bath, West Virginia. An unnamed individual had been mushroom hunting along U.S. Route 522 when he stumbled upon the Jane Doe. Forensic experts determined that she was between 35 and 50 years old at the time of her death, and that she had undergone a hysterectomy and appendectomy -- her scars said as much. But little more knowledge came of investigations.

This story is one of many unsolved cases presented in Sarah Honan's project "Blink.," a series of portraits aimed at recognizing, honoring and memorializing the women who've lost their identities to forgotten crimes. Consisting of 18 painted and illustrated renderings of Jane Does, the artworks atte...

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