1969 Jane Doe No. 59 Murder Victim Identified After 46 Years NR16140rh

April 27, 2016

September 8, 2016
Update on 1969 Jane Doe No. 59

Los
Angeles: Los Angeles
Police Department Robbery-Homicide detectives continue to seek
information regarding the 1969 murder investigation of Reet
Jurvetson, also known as Jane Doe #59. Detectives have obtained
further leads in the case and are seeking the public’s assistance
in identifying two persons of interest.

On July
7, 2016, detectives interviewed a witness in Montreal, Canada
regarding the person of interest named “John” or “Jean (possibly
French Canadian).” The witness remembers meeting Reet Jurvetson
and “John/ Jean” at Café Image in Montreal, Canada, and provided
a sketch of “John/Jean” as he appeared in 1969. An additional
sketch of an associate was provided, which may help any potential
witnesses recall seeing them together. The second male, who was
shorter in stature and sported a short “Beatles” type hairstyle.
The associate has not been positively identified, but could be
named “Jean” as well

On
August 20, 2016, detectives received information that Reet
Jurvetson’s sister, Anne Jurvetson, discovered a postcard written
by Reet to their parents, who are now deceased. The postcard was
dated October 31, 1969, approximately sixteen days before Reet’s
body was discovered on Mulholland Drive. The postcard had Reet’s
return address as 5311 Melrose Avenue, Apt 306, Hollywood,
California 90038. The building was once called the Paramount
Hotel. However, it was demolished in 1989 and a new building has
since been erected since then.

The
family translated the postcard, which was written in the Estonian
language, as follows:

Dear Mother and
Father,

The weather is nice
and the people are kind.

I have a nice
little apartment.

I go frequently to
the beach.

Please write to
me.

Hugs,

Reet

This is
the last known communication written by Reet Jurvetson to her
family.

The
family also updated the April 2016 website address to: http://reetjurvetson.com/

The
investigation is on-going and anyone with information is urged to
contact Robbery Homicide Division, Cold Case Unit, Detectives
Luis Rivera and Veronica Conrado at (213) 486-6810. During non-business hours or
on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7
(877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call
the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477)
or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also
visit ww.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under
the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip.
Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile
application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their
local program.

Los Angeles: On November 16, 1969, the unidentified
victim’s body, Jane Doe No. 59, was discovered in the brush off of
Mulholland Drive near Bowmont Drive. She had been stabbed numerous
times in the upper torso and neck area. At the time, LAPD
detectives attempted to identify her utilizing department resources
and prepared a bulletin having negative results.

In December 2003, a detective from the Robbery Homicide Division,
Cold Case Homicide Unit (RHD/CCHU) submitted a piece of biological
evidence which was uploaded into the NamUs. NamUs is the national
database for all unidentified missing and deceased victims. Jane
Doe No. 59 remained unidentified.

In June 2015, a friend of the family living in Canada was looking
through the NamUs website. She viewed a photograph of Jane Doe No.
59 who closely resembled the missing family member, Reet
Jurvetson.

Reet Jurvetson had lost contact with her family shortly after
arriving in California in 1969. The friend notified the family, who
contacted NamUs. As a result of this inquiry, the CCHU was
contacted and reopened the investigation. During the investigation
a DNA test was compared to Jurvetson family members and it was
revealed Jane Doe No. 59 was identified as Reet S. Jurvetson.

During the course of the investigation, CCHU detectives felt it was
necessary to investigate any potential connection to any other
crimes during that time period. Due to the location and the time
period where Reet Jurvetson was found, and the violent manner of
her death, investigators wanted to rule out any possible connection
to the notorious “Manson Murders” that occurred during the summer
of 1969. Investigators made arrangements to interview Charles
Manson to see if he was able to provide any further details or
information related to the death of Miss Jurvetson. Their encounter
with Manson did not produce anything fruitful and the investigation
remains open and ongoing.

Detectives are seeking information from the public in identifying a
person of interest named “John” or French name “Jean.” Jean was a
friend of Reet Jurvetson who she met in Montreal, Canada and also
traveled and lived in the United States in 1969.

The Jurvetson family has prepared a statement:
https://sites.google.com/site/reetjurvetsonsfamilymemorial/

The investigation is on-going anyone with information is urged to
contact Robbery Homicide Division, Cold Case Unit, Detectives Luis
Rivera and Veronica Conrado at 213-486-6818. During non-business
hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7
(877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call
Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also
contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637
(C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages
should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to
LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.