On April 1, 1990, a young woman was struck by a Mazda MX-6 and a Lincoln Continental and killed in Huntington Beach, California. She carried no identification. In her possessions were a hotel key and a ring made of human hair. Several people stated they saw her the day before she died. She told them that her name was Andrea and that she had come from the East Coast (Virginia or New York) to California in search for her biological parents. She said that she was the biological daughter of a well-known couple, but never said who they were. She also claimed that she was twenty-five or twenty six, but she appeared as young as sixteen. The day before she died, a man who felt sorry decided to give her money to buy new clothes and shoes. She was killed wearing the same pink shoes she had bought hours before.
Jane Doe is still nameless and any help to identifying her is welcome. The case was aired on the television series Unsolved Mysteries in 1995.
In May 2017, “Andrea” Doe was identified as Andrea Lee Kuiper, who was twenty-six when she died. She was identified after her fingerprints were uploaded to AFIS, the national fingerprint database. Andrea was originally from Fairfax, Virginia, and had gone to California in 1989. According to her family, she suffered from manic depressive disorder and had experimented with drugs. Her parents had last had heard from her a few months before her death, when she told them she was safe. They had never filed a missing persons report, believing that she would one day come home. Now, the family is grateful to have closure. “We are thankful to know what happened to our daughter after all these years,” her father, Richard Kuiper, said, according to the sheriff’s department.