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January 19, 1986 | Janet Zimmerman \f7
Sixteen-year-old Irene Torres, who had been designated as a "Jane Doe" since being struck by a car Jan. 9, was disconnected from life-support machines at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital early Saturday after her mother identified the Santa Ana girl. Diana Torres identified her daughter through a newspaper report that appeared Friday, eight days after the teen-ager was struck by a car on a deserted street in Santa Ana across from Saddleback High School.
December 31, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
Two and a half months after a woman was struck and critically injured while crossing a busy Santa Ana street, police are still attempting to identify her. Police said the woman, known only as "Jane Doe," was struck by a passing car in October as she pushed a shopping cart through an intersection. The unidentified woman was hit on 4th and Lacy streets on Oct. 15 and taken to Western Medical Center in extremely critical condition, said the Santa Ana Police Department in a statement.
March 4, 1989 | WILLIAM OVEREND, Times Staff Writer
An invasion-of-privacy lawsuit in San Diego that has already established legal precedent causing news organizations throughout the country to worry about their liability in routine crime reporting has been settled for an undisclosed sum in the final moments before trial. The secret settlement between lawyers for the Los Angeles Times and a San Diego woman known in court documents only as "Jane Doe" was reached Thursday night after months of talks.
July 18, 2013 | By Lee Romney
Two men were found guilty on all charges Thursday in the gang rape of a teenage girl outside a Richmond High School homecoming dance, a spokeswoman for the Contra Costa County district attorney said. Jose Montano, 22, of Richmond, and Marcelles Peter, 20, of Pinole, were tried by separate juries on charges of gang rape, oral copulation and sexual penetration with a foreign object. They each also faced a special allegation that the acts committed during the October 2009 assault inflicted great bodily injury on the victim.
Sheriff's Detective Sam Bove walked the rural town of Jamul last summer in search of Jane Doe and ended up on the path of Vickie Eddington. Recently coaxed out of retirement to join the Metropolitan Homicide Task Force, Bove was part of a team trying to solve a string of prostitute and transient murders. Scouring the streets of Jamul, 20 miles east of San Diego, Bove was trying to identify the remains of a woman found along California 94 nearby.
February 11, 2005 | Claire Luna, Times Staff Writer
An alleged rape victim broke down in tears on the witness stand again Thursday as a defense attorney challenged her version of a 2002 party during which, she said, she passed out and three teenage boys sexually attacked her in a videotaped encounter. At one point, Jane Doe -- as the brunet 19-year-old is being called in the Santa Ana courtroom -- turned to the judge for help, saying the aggressive questioning had become too much. "It is ridiculous.
May 6, 2001 | LISA LEFF, Lisa Leff last wrote for the magazine about the work spaces at Nickelodeon Animation Studio in Burbank
Orlando Castaneda arrives in San Dimas to find the San Gabriel Valley suburb alight with the glow of a stunning Indian summer afternoon. It's three days before Halloween in 1995, and Castaneda intends to spend this Saturday taking his champion Spanish Andalusian show mount, Incendio, on the animal's first trail ride. He sets out from the rented stable for a wooded dirt-and-gravel gully adjacent to a secluded residential stretch of Covina Hills Road, a route he's never ridden before.
February 17, 2004 | Allison Hoffman, Times Staff Writer
Jane Doe No. 18-02 was discovered two years ago, when an unleashed dog and its owner found her weathered, toothless skull at the bottom of a heavily wooded wash in the San Bernardino Mountains just off California Highway 330. Hampered by dense undergrowth and steep terrain, sheriff's search teams recovered her femur, cracked pelvic bone, and a vertebra scattered in the brush near the skull -- but there was nothing to reveal Jane's identity.
September 19, 2003 | Lee Romney, Times Staff Writer
A butterfly clip clutched her brown hair. She wore a knockoff Tommy Hilfiger jersey, patterned pajama pants, and one white snowflake-dotted sock. When her body -- stuffed in a green canvas bag -- was discovered May 1 behind a Carrows Restaurant in the Bay Area suburb of Castro Valley, even seasoned homicide detectives were pained. As the months wore on, something else happened. Jane Doe, believed to be 12 to 17 years old, captured the heart of a community.
February 10, 2005 | Claire Luna, Times Staff Writer
A distraught 19-year-old woman at the center of a high-profile Orange County rape trial wept as she told jurors Wednesday that she neither consented to nor remembered having sex with multiple partners and engaging in sex play. Her testimony came as a video of the July 2002 incident was replayed in the courtroom -- a video that she saw for the first time only two weeks ago.
July 11, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
The Saudi royal princess who is charged with forcing a Kenyan woman to work for her as a domestic servant posted $5-million bond Thursday and was expected to be released later in the day. Meshael Alayban will have to wear a GPS tracking device and will not be allowed to leave Orange County without the court's permission. She is also not allowed to have any contact with her alleged victim. Alayban was arrested early Wednesday by police at her Irvine home in a gated community where they say she forced a 30-year-old to work 16 hours a day, seven days a week, for only $220 a month.
May 29, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
The FBI is looking for two unidentified women who may have information in an ongoing child sexual abuse case in Southern California. The women appeared in digital images but were not seen "actively engaged" in sexually abusing the child, the FBI said.  The pair, dubbed by the FBI as Jane Doe 25 and Jane 26, may be able to help investigators determine the identity of the victim, federal authorities said. "The victim is believed to be a young child enduring abuse currently and over the past several years by an unidentified male," the FBI said in a statement.
April 18, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Get ready for more change along the  Las Vegas Strip: Look for alterations to the faces of the New York-New York and Monte Carlo hotels and the addition of an expansive public plaza featuring a variety of new restaurants and shops. The new outdoor space, expected to open early next year, will bring significant changes to the facades of both properties, it was announced Thursday. New York-New York's mock skyline, including its replica of the Brooklyn Bridge, is to be modified to make room for the new development.
February 26, 2012 | By Ka Hsaw Wa
Among the thousands of interviews I've conducted as a human rights investigator over the last 24 years, one of the most difficult was in 1996, outside a refugee camp along the Thai-Burma border. I was no stranger to suffering in my country. I had fled from Burma (also known as Myanmar) just a few years before, escaping the brutal military regime after being arrested and tortured. I had gone to the camp to investigate reports that villages were being uprooted and brutalized to make way for a natural gas pipeline built by U.S. oil giant Unocal and other multinational corporations.
January 18, 2011 | By Nate Jackson, Los Angeles Times
Huntington Beach police said they've made a break in an unsolved 1968 slaying by identifying the woman's shoes as a regional brand that was manufactured in upstate New York. For 43 years, the victim, whose throat had been slashed, has been known only as "Jane Doe. " Police said they had no idea what her name was or where the young, dark-haired woman came from. Now they may be a step closer. On Sunday, detectives said they had reason to believe Jane Doe was from New York, perhaps from Tioga County.
March 29, 2009 | Samantha Henry, Henry writes for the Associated Press.
It was one of the most unusual cases to land on Lt. Eduardo Ojeda's desk. A woman had been picked up wandering in a New Jersey mall, disoriented, unable to speak and carrying an empty purse. Her fingerprints yielded no database hits. No one had reported her missing. With investigators unable to determine whether she was a U.S. citizen and eligible for Medicare, she was committed to a New Jersey psychiatric hospital instead of a nursing home. She would remain there for 15 years, bedridden and suffering from Alzheimer's disease, known only as "Jane Doe."
October 6, 1994 | SCOTT HARRIS
The case report describes the victim as a male Caucasian. His age is noted as 35+. Height is 73 inches. Weight is 182 pounds. Brown hair, brown eyes. A mustache. The form asks the investigator to choose among four types of death: NAT, ACC, SUI and HOMI. There's a circle around SUI. There was never a doubt. Witnesses first spotted him on Sept. 4 at the intersection of 3rd Street East and Lightcap Street in Lancaster.
When the body was found along a lonely stretch of Coast Highway last May, sheriff's investigators were sure that someone would eventually identify the victim. She had an unmistakable look: bleached-blond hair, a curved spine and a gaping hole in her mouth where four front teeth were missing. "It just seems like someone should be able to identify her," said Lt. Richard Olson of the Orange County Sheriff's Department. More than six months later, nobody has.
May 14, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Starting next year, adult rape victims too afraid or too ashamed to go to police can undergo an emergency-room forensic rape exam, and the evidence gathered will be kept on file in a sealed envelope in case they decide to press charges. The new federal requirement that states pay for "Jane Doe rape kits" is aimed at removing one of the biggest obstacles to prosecuting rape cases: Some women are so traumatized they don't come forward until it is too late to document their injuries and collect hair, semen or other samples.
June 26, 2007 | Ari B. Bloomekatz, Times Staff Writer
At least 800 bodies examined by the Los Angeles County coroner since 1968 remain unidentified, according to a federal report released this week. New York, with 3,612 such cases since 1996, led the nation. The Justice Department report was the first of its kind, synthesizing 2004 data from about 2,000 medical examiners' and coroners' offices around the nation.
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