Earlier this week, the Illinois State Police released images of a 3D recreation, showing the face of a woman currently only identified as “Jane Doe.” She was between 20 and 30 years old, caucasian, 5’4″ tall, weighed about 140 pounds, with black hair and no tattoos. Glendene Grant believes the remains may belong to her daughter, Jessie, who has been missing since 2006, saying this is the “closest resemblance” she’s seen out of any tips. With DNA tests pending, is Jane Doe, Jessie Foster?
Jessie, then 21, disappeared from Las Vegas, where she shared a home with her fiancee’, Peter Todd, after moving from Kamloops, British Columbia. Todd claims she left him on April 3 of that year, something she had discussed doing with her sister numerous times. It was later discovered that Todd was a pimp and a violent one. Only after her disappearance did her family learn about her hospitalization for a broken jaw and her numerous arrests for prostitution. They also learned about her involvement with an escort agency, where she worked under the name “Taylor,” and even confessed to her boss once that she was afraid to leave. It seemed she had taken everything with her, except her makeup and a hair dryer. She has made no contact with her family and has not used her bank accounts since her disappearance. It’s almost as if she just vanished. With no clues as to her whereabouts, many believe that Jessie Foster became a victim of human sex trafficking.
Jane Doe’s body was discovered by highway workers on October 18, 2013, near an I-70 entrance ramp outside of Casey, Ill. The body was autopsied and cause of death was determined to be homicide, though the coroner, Jeff Pearce, wouldn’t say her exact cause of death. It was apparent that the remains had been there for some time, making identification very difficult. After the autopsy, Pearce compared identifying her to looking for a needle in a haystack.
However, now, Jessie Foster’s DNA is being tested against Jane Doe’s, to see if they are a match. Glendene seems to be prepared for either outcome, whether this is or isn’t her daughter, saying “If Jessie’s not alive and has not been alive all this time, she needs to come home just as desperately as if she was alive and being held against her will somewhere in the world.” If it is Jessie, at least her family will have some answers, some closure. They will know for sure they won’t see her again. If the remains are not her, that means there is some other family out there, waiting to see if Jane Doe could belong to them.