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10 Z9 DAYTON DAILY NEWS NEIGHBORS THURSDAY. MAY 15, 2003 1981 Jane Doe mystery still unsolved Steve Baker REWIND As of March 1, there were 97.297 active missing persons cases in the United States. y Of those, ap proximately 54,184 are juveniles and 43,113 were 18 and older, according to the Nation's Missing Children Organization Inc. and the Center for Missing Adults. On that list of missing is Miami County's Jane Doe. It's a sto-rv that has haunted me since April 24, 1981. That was the day the body of a woman was found in a ditch along Greenlee Road off Horseshoe Bend Road, west of Troy. Twenty-two years later, somewhere in the United States a family is still puzzled about the disappearance of a loved one, a daughter, a sister or perhaps a wife or a mother. Greg Bridenbaugh of Ludlow Falls, a farmer and volunteer firefighter, was moving into a resi dence on Greenlee Road when he spotted what appeared to be clothing on the side of the road. He slowed down and saw the body in the ditch. 1 wish someone would claim her, for a family to have some peace," Bridenbaugh said. The woman was approximately 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighed 130 pounds. She appeared to be in her late teens to mid-20s. She had reddish-brown hair, plaited into thick pigtails. Her complexion was freckled and ruddy. She was wearing a brown and orange turtleneck sweater, blue jeans and a very distinctive fringed buckskin, shirt-type suede jacket with a purple satin lining. The cause of death was strangulation. She also had suffered a blow to the head. On Sept. 1, 1981, our Jane Doe was buried in a cheap, cloth-covered casket in the potter's field at Riverside Cemetery in Troy at the county's expense. Miami County deputies and detectives served as her pallbearers. Today, a small tombstone marks her grave. Most times, you will find an artificial flower arrange ment at the grave. Today, there are still more questions than answers. "We want to identify her so that we can return her to her family," Miami County Sheriff Charles Cox said. "We have submitted her fingerprints to the national system of fingerprints with no match." But, said Cox, missing fingerprints are constantly being put into the system from years ago. "We cross our fingers and hope one day we'll get the hit on the fingerprints." The television show Unsolved Mysteries featured her picture in 1991, but the flood of clues didn't arrive as hoped. Efforts to put her picture on Americas Most Wanted generated no interest from the show's producers. In March 1991, the Ohio attorney general's office set up a task force to investigate slayings of at least 11 women whose bodies had been dumped along highways in four states, including Ohio, between 1985 and 1990. Authorities said most of the slain women were known or suspected prostitutes who frequent ed truckstops. Our Jane Doe was found in 1981. There was some belief among local investigators that she could be a victim of a serial killer. The city of Englewood has its own Jane Doe, an unidentified Caucasian female. She was discovered Aug. 10, 1987, in a ditch on Hoke Road off Interstate 70. The cause of death was strangulation. She was discovered approximately 14 hours after her homicide took place. The task force came up with at least two suspects, both later cleared. There are three Web sites on which Miami County's Jane Doe is listed: www.doenetwork.org; www.miamicountydoe.mainpage .net; www.nmvo.org. Sheriff's Detective Lee McCartney is working on the case. If you have information that could help, call McCartney at 440-3965, Ext. 6632. Next time we'll experience a resounding event ... the forging of a bicentennial bell. It's a must for everyone to see. Steve Baker is the chief of WHIO-TV Channel 7's Northern Bureau. Call 339-6397 or send e-mail to Smbaker7aol.com. ATTENTION SENIOR CITIZENS AND THE DISABLED YOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION (a reduction in property taxes) REQUIREMENTS ARE: 1. ) Own and occupy a home in Miami County before January 1,2003. 2. ) Will attain the age of 65 this year, or are totally and permanently disabled as of January 1 , 2003. . 3. ) And your income did not exceed s24,700 in 2002. To receive an application by mail, please call 440-5929 or apply at the Miami County Auditor's Office no later than June 2, 2003. (Office hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 4:00pm) Chris A. Peeples Miami County Auditor Miami County Safety Building 201 West Main Street Troy, Ohio 45373-2363 " I 5-15-03 (S2S DaytonDailyNews AFTT, Air Force Academy take top honors Cyber exercise offers one-of-a-kind defense training Dayton Daily News WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE The Air Force Institute of Technology and the United States Air Force Academy took top honors in the Cyber Defense Exercise, a one-of-a-kind training event designed to prepare students to protect and defend the nation's information systems. CDX, created in 2001 as a joint effort between the National Security Agency and the United States Military Academy, pits teams of students from each DOD academy and graduate school against a "Red Team" comprised of government employees from the National Security Agency and members of the U.S. Air Force's 92nd Information Warfare Aggressor Squadron and the Army's Land Information Warfare Activity. Held April 14-17, it was the first exercise in which all of the military schools were able to participate. The exercise was designed to simulate a real scenario in which a multinational coalition force initiated a liberation operation against the hostile country of Red. Scores were assigned to the schools based upon the students' ability to detect and respond to the Red forces' attacks, protecting the GLG to maintain services while under duress. AFIT's success in CDX2003 was due to the fact that the students treated the exercise as a real event, to include having (almost armed) guards for physical security. They also had a distinct advantage in that senior enlisted members from the Air Force and Marine Corps were recently admitted to the AFIT graduate programs, and they brought with them years of tactical experience in deploying information systems under less than ideal conditions. 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