LA's Most Wanted: The 1980 murders of two women, both only known as 'Jane Doe'

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"Jane Doe" is the name authorities give to any woman whose identity is unknown.

For nearly 36 years, homicide investigators in Kern County, north of Los Angeles, have been trying to identify Jane Doe Kern County. Her body was found on July 15, 1980 in an almond orchard near Delano, a large farming community between Bakersfield and Fresno.

She had tattoos on her arm which read "I love you - Shirley - Seattle" and "Mother I Love You."

A few days later, on July 18, 1980, Jane Doe Ventura County was found next to a hillside above the football field at Westlake High School in Westlake Village, west of Los Angeles. She was five months pregnant.

Autopsies on both women revealed that they had previously given birth to children. They both had received high quality medical care over their lifetimes.

It is obvious that they had people who cared about them -- but investigators have never located missing person reports for either woman.

Investigators used DNA evidence to link both women to William Chouest, a career criminal currently imprisoned on unrelated charges.

What investigators are hoping is that someone will recognize sketches of the Jane Does and contact them. They would like nothing better than to return the women to their families.

To contact Ventura County Sheriff's Office detective Joe Evans and Ventura County District Attorney's office investigator Steve Rhods, call (805) 384-4724 or (805) 384-4736. They can also be reached via e-mail at Anyone who can help but wants to be anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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