Nearly 13 years after her physique was present in Gregg County, the lady generally known as “Lavender Doe” now has an actual title: Dana Lynn Dodd.
The Gregg County Sheriff’s Workplace launched Dodd’s title Monday afternoon after the Information-Journal filed a Freedom of Info request in search of her title.
Dodd, whose physique was present in 2006, was 21 when she died. Her final recognized tackle was in Jacksonville, Florida, Gregg County Sheriff’s Lt. Josh Tubb reported Monday.
The DNA Doe Venture introduced Jan. 29 that it had recognized Dodd, however neither it nor the Gregg County Sheriff’s Workplace would launch her title.
Gregg County Sheriff Maxey Cerliano mentioned on the time lieutenant with the division had been involved with Dodd’s household.
Dodd’s id had eluded authorities since sheriff’s deputies responded to a name Oct. 29, 2006, on an oil lease off Fritz Swanson Street north of Texas 31, the place two males discovered her physique face down on a burning wooden pile.
Joseph Wayne Burnette, 41, of Longview is being held on $2.5 million in bonds in Gregg County Jail on costs of murdering Dodd in 2006 and Felisha Pearson in 2018, and likewise failing to register as a intercourse offender.
“The Lavender Doe murder case has been energetic from the start, and investigators by no means stopped attempting to determine Lavender Doe,” Tubb wrote.
On the day of her homicide, Dodd was believed to have been final seen within the parking zone of Walmart Supercenter on Fourth Avenue and may need solicited clients as they entered and exited the shop to attempt to promote objects from a brochure, Cerliano has mentioned.
However whereas Dodd’s id remained a thriller, investigators named Burnette as an individual of curiosity based mostly on proof discovered on the scene.
At a joint information convention Aug. 27, the Longview Police Division mentioned Burnette confessed six days earlier to killing Pearson, 28, whose physique was discovered July 24 within the woods off Birdsong Avenue in Longview. Cerliano mentioned Burnette additionally confessed to killing Dodd.
Gregg County and the police division that day introduced two homicide indictments towards Burnette that mentioned he killed each girls by strangling them with a rope.
As a result of Burnette was jailed from July 2007 to February 2017, Longview Police Chief Mike Bishop mentioned through the information convention he didn’t “have any purpose to consider he was concerned with any extra dying investigations.”
Bishop mentioned Pearson’s mom reported her lacking to police July 19 “beneath uncommon circumstances.”
On the following day, Longview police began a joint investigation with the sheriff’s workplace, Bishop mentioned. The sheriff’s workplace discovered through the investigation that Burnette had not registered as a intercourse offender, and a warrant was issued for his arrest July 24, the identical day Pearson’s physique was discovered.