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Oct 29, 2009 8:52 AM by Associated Press

Boulder authorities identify 1954 Jane Doe

Authorities have identified the remains of a woman whose mysterious death in 1954 generated headlines across Colorado and new interest in 2004 when efforts were revived to find out who she was.

Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said Wednesday that the woman has been identified as 18-year-old Dorothy Gay Howard, who was reported missing from Phoenix in March 1954. Her battered, nude body was found along a creek west of Boulder in April of that year.

She was buried in a Boulder cemetery. The headstone read "Jane Doe. April 1954. Age about 20 years."

The sheriff's department was prompted to renew efforts to identify the woman by Boulder historian Silvia Pettem. Howard was identified after relatives provided DNA.

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