Motorcycle Accident Victim Identified
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) _ A couple who read a newspaper story about ″Jane Doe,″ a woman in a coma since being struck by a car Sept. 13, identified her Tuesday as their daughter, authorities said.
The identification of the woman as Julianne Walters, 28, of Lake Quinault, apparently ended a nationwide search for someone who knew her, said Bill Burkett of the Washington State Patrol.
Gerry and Sandy Sartor of Port Orchard, Wash., made the identification at St. Peter Hospital. Burkett said the patrol will compare dental charts before declaring the mystery solved.
″They are absolutely convinced it’s their daughter, and we have no reason to doubt them,″ he said in an interview. ″But to be professional about it, to cross the T’s and dot the I’s, we will wait for the confirmation.″
The woman was struck by a car after she and a male companion had pulled their motorcycle off U.S. 101 north of Hoquiam, Wash. The man rode off after she was hit.
Burkett said the Sartors had read an Associated Press story about the case, based on reports from the Aberdeen Daily World, in the Seattle Post- Intelligencer.
He said the patrol had logged more than 200 inquiries ″from people who were hoping against hope it would be their loved one. People have been calling from all over the country.″