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37 years later, police still seeking to identify body of teen girl

Posted at 4:33 PM, Aug 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-18 02:35:58-04
On Aug. 14, 1979, on the corner of South Las Vegas Boulevard and West Sahara Avenue the body of a teenage girl was found in a vacant parking lot.
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is asking for the public’s assistance to give this young woman her name back.
Police are still actively working this case and have recently received new information about Jane Sahara Doe based on pollen grains taken from her clothing.
The pollen reveals that before she arrived in Las Vegas she may have spent some time in the Napa Valley or Central Valley areas of California. 
Police are also pursuing a lead that indicates Jane Doe may have lived in a trailer park community near East Lake Mead Boulevard and possibly worked at the Holiday Inn or a motel on Las Vegas Boulevard.  
The lead also indicates she may have gone by the name of Shauna or Shawna. 
Information that is known about Jane Sahara Doe is she was possibly between the ages of 16 and 21 years old.
She was 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighed approximately 100 pounds. She had brown hair and brown eyes. She was wearing an upper denture and her lower partial denture was missing when her body was discovered.  
The female had well-manicured hands and feet and her nails were painted red. She was wearing blue jeans and a green blouse with numerous red sequins in the front and back area along with several pieces of jewelry.  
She was wearing two white gold necklaces, one having a small silver cut-out leaf pendant with a small turquoise stone and the other with a white gold chain and clear plastic heart pendant.  
Jane Doe was wearing a plain white gold ring on her right index finger. 
If you have any information that may lead to the identity of Jane Sahara Doe, call 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) or the Clark County Coroner’s Office at 702-455-3210 or Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department at 702-828-3111.