Saskatoon Jane Doe
The Lady in the Well
At the crossroads of Central Avenue and 108th Street,
East Saskatoon (previously Sutherland), Saskatchewan
June 29, 2006
Date of Death:
1920-1924, possibly in Spring or Autumn
Unknown but stocky
Dental / DNA:
Circumstances of Finding:
Jane Doe's remains were found in an abandoned well during the excavation of gas barrels at a convenience store in the east side of Saskatoon.
Dental work and clothing suggests Jane Doe was middle or upper class. Her death is suspected to have occurred after 1914 when the well would have been abandoned due to the addition of pipeline water to the city. The well belonged to the Shore Hotel which was built in 1912 and stood abandoned from 1919 to 1927.
Circumstances of Death:
Jane Doe's injuries suggest foul play. There is evidence that her left arm had been sawed off in order to place her in the well. Jane Doe was found wrapped in burlap and in a wooden barrel. On top of her remains were a man's vest and pants suggesting she was killed on site. Broken bottles were also found near the body.