|Birth: ||Aug. 10, 1981|
|Death: ||May 21, 1999|
1999 Jane Doe ID'd As Newhall Teen
By Christi Anne Corpus
Signal Staff Writer
Tuesday May 8, 2007
For nearly eight years, her name was simply Jane Doe. The name given to her when she was found in a shallow grave in the Angeles National Forest.
Nearly eight years later, she has a different name.
On Thursday, detectives positively identified the remains of the young woman found dead in 1999 as those belonging to Newhall resident Danielle Hutton.
Hutton's remains were discovered in a grave on a dirt road near Soledad Canyon Road and Indian Canyon Road in the Angeles National Forest on May 21, 1999, according to Detective Joseph Martinez with the Sheriff's Department's Cold Case Unit.
She had been dead for approximately two to three months when her body was found and could not be positively identified, Martinez said. She was described as between 19- and 23-years-old at the time of her death.
"She was practically skeletonized in a shallow grave," he added. "Because she wasn't identified until recently, we had absolutely nowhere to go to. That's why I was so desperately trying to identify her."
Martinez, who had long been assigned to the case, listed the young girl in the department's database as a Jane Doe for years and compiled information on posters with a forensic artist's sketch of Hutton and photographs of metal rings found with her body.
Meanwhile, Hutton's family listed the then-17-year-old girl as an endangered runaway on numerous missing persons sites, and reported that she was last seen leaving her dentist's office in Newhall on June 22, 1998.
"When the mother sought her out, she reported her (daughter) missing and the case went to our 'adult missing' database because of the age she would have been," Martinez said. "We eventually obtained dental records belonging to Danielle and placed them into the databank where all the other dental charts are placed.
"The computer searched them and gave a hit on the Jane Doe that I had obtained back in 1999," he explained.
Forensic specialists in the Los Angeles County Coroner's office positively identified the Jane Doe as Hutton after comparing both dental charts.
Hutton's relatives declined to comment Monday on the positive identification of Hutton's remains, or on the circumstances surrounding her disappearance.
Martinez said now that Hutton's body has been positively identified, an investigation into her murder can be reopened. He refused to release any information regarding Hutton's cause of death.
"I have met with the mother and discussed her daughter's acquaintances, issues she may have had, and just a history of who Danielle was," he added. "Now I'm going to seek out some of the companions she had back then, question them and go from there."
Martinez asked anyone with information about the disappearance of Hutton to contact him at the Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.
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