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In January of 1988, a detective with the Green Bay Police Department in Green Bay, Wisconsin was dispatched to the city's St. Vincent Hospital to take a dying declaration from a terminally-ill patient.
During the course of the interview, the elderly male patienta former Marquette residenttold the detective he had knowledge of who committed a murder in the Marquette, Michigan area in 1947.
According to police reports, the declarant indicated his stepson had murdered a teenage female after she spurned his advances at a local tavern.
While the patient was unsure of the exact date and location of the incident, he said it occurred during the summer of 1947 along the main highway west of Marquette, perhaps in Ishpeming or Negaunee.
Before his death a few days later, the patient reportedly made similar dead-bed confessions to his attending physician as well as a hospital social worker and a member of the clergy.
The case was closed by the Green Bay Police Department after they learned investigators at the Ishpeming, Negaunee, and Marquette city police departments did not have any record of such an incident in their files.
In January of 2011, the patient's original attending physiciannow living in Washington, but still troubled by the deathbed confessionrequested Marquette County Sheriff's Office investigators look into the case.
Little is known about Jane Doe other than she was a teenager in 1947.
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Marquette County Sheriff's Office investigators continue to investigate this case.
If you have any information regarding this caseparticularly the name of a young female who went missing in 1947, or perhaps in 1946 or 1945, or know of an unsolved murder involving a young female during this periodplease contact the Marquette County Sheriff's Office at 1-906-225-8435.
A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered by Crime Stoppers for information regarding this investigation.
Anonymous tips can be submitted via Crime Stoppers' toll-free tip line at 1-800-222-8477 (1-800-222-TIPS) or via their E-tips Web page.