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BE’s ‘Jane Doe’ not Michigan woman, search to continue

By Staff | Jan 26, 2009

Paulette Jaster

It didn’t take authorities long to determine a missing Michigan woman is not the ‘Jane Doe’ buried at Riverside Cemetery in Blue Earth.

Faribault County chief deputy Scott Adams says the FBI Office in Mankato last week compared the DNA of the two missing women.

Adams says the FBI contacted him Tuesday morning and told him Paulette Jaster of Davison, Mich., is not the woman found May 30, 1980, east of Blue Earth.

“She (Jaster) has been ruled out 100 percent. It’s what I expected, but at least we did our job and had the DNAs compared,” he says.

Deb Anderson of Blue Earth has maintained a website for several years in hopes of putting a name to Jane Doe.

Anderson was driving home from work when she heard Jaster and Jane Doe were not a match.

“I’m glad that someone actually looked at the DNAs side by side. It was a possibility they were the same person, Now we know for sure,” she says.

Interest in the two cases was sparked because of confusion of whether DNAs of the missing women were ever compared.

Michigan detective trooper Joe Jones is a ‘cold case’ investigator who has been trying to solve the Jaster mystery.

Jane Doe’s DNA was entered into the national database for missing person in 2004.

Jones says DNA of Jaster was not put on the FBI database until 2006.

“They probably wanted some closure, but they must be happy knowing she might still be out there,” says Jones. “I just needed to double check for the family.”Jaster, a star basketball player and homecoming queen candidate from Davison High School, was reported nearly 30 years ago.

Around that same time period, Jane Doe’s body was found by a farmer in a ditch along I-90.

In the coming days, Anderson plans to send Adams information on four missing persons she wants compared to Jane Doe. One is from Canada and the others from the states of Nebraska, Montana and Washington.

Anderson says she came across the cases while looking at government websites dealing with cold cases.

“They are possibilities. It may be like a needle in the haystack. But, it’s a shot,” Anderson says.