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A composite of Jane Doe at time of her death (left) and age regressed to 15-16 years (right)

Real Name: Unknown
Case: Unidentified Remain
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Date: June 1, 1987


Details: "Shotgun Jane Doe" is the nickname for an unidentified woman who was picked up by two truckers on June 1, 1987 off I-81 near Bulls Gap, Tennessee. That night, they took her to Knoxville, where they attended a party. Afterwards, they attempted to break into a nearby home with her pretending to plead for help. The homeowner didn't believe it and realized that they were trying to break in. Fearing for her own safety, the homeowner then shot and killed her after she tried to break down the screen door.
The two truckers were later arrested in connection with the break-in and claimed that they did not know her identity. At the time of her death, she was approximately twenty to thirty-years-old, 120 pounds, had brown hair, brown eyes, a tattoo on her left upper arm with the initials "B.H." and a scar on her abdomen believed to be from a C-section. She had injuries that were consistent with a car accident. She remains unidentified.

Tena Maria Gantrell

Tena Gentrell at age 10.

Extra Notes: This case was uploaded to the Unsolved Mysteries website on August 22, 2014. The person interviewed in the video is Amy Dobbs, an investigator for the case.
Results: Solved. On August 25, 2021 "Shotgun Jane Doe" was identified as Tena Marie Gattrell. Gattrell was reported missing in June 1985 after and was last seen in October 1986. She left behind a newborn son, who searched for his biological parents, in adulthood.