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Funeral director hopes social media can help identify Jane Doe after 36 years

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On December 5, 1981 a young woman was walking on I-10 near the Breaux Bridge exit heading westbound and was fatally hit by a car.

"We kept her at the funeral home for maybe 3 months hoping someone would show up and no one ever did," said the funeral director who buried her, Ray Pellerin.

The woman to this day remains unidentified and Pellerin hopes social media can help bring closure to her family.

This is the last known photo of "Jane Doe" and the first time it is being released to the public.

She was in her twenties at the time. She had brown hair and brown eyes, approximately 5'3 in height and weighed about 140 pounds. She had no purse or identification on her.

Investigators say, based on information gathered from a trucker, she may possibly be from the Oklahoma city area and was traveling to Texas. The trucker saw the 10th anniversary story and came forward with information. He thought he may have encountered her prior to her death at a truck stop at the I-10/ Henderson exit. However, it was never confirmed officially that it was in fact the "Jane Doe." He also stated that she had told him that she had been dropped off by a trucker and the trucker kept her purse. He stated that he bought her some lunch and gave her $10.00.

But despite DNA tests, dental record searches and other methods, her identity remains a mystery.

"She meant something to somebody. It's sad, you know, that no one would claim her," said Pellerin. "She may be their mother, their daughter, their sister who knows, but someone out there is going to know. Someone out there is going to recognize her."

But now, decades later, he is hopeful that the power of social media will help identify the mystery woman.

"36 years ago we didn't have DNA. 36 years ago we didn't have Facebook, we didn't have the testing that's done with dna. It just seems like technology has caught up and maybe just maybe we'll find out who that family is," said Pellerin.

He says he hopes to bring that closure to her family before the holidays.

"Closure means a lot, most people have no clue, closure means everything. For this family there's been no closure and there's been no closure for us because we haven't been successful," he said.

If you recognize "Jane Doe" or know anything about the case, call the St. Martin parish sheriff's office.

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