Sheriff detectives seek public's help in identifying 'mystery woman'

Woman who refuses to give her real name has taken elaborate steps to conceal her identity.
TNS Regional News
Aug 6, 2014


A woman determined to conceal her identity — she burned her fingertips so bad deputies were unable to obtain her fingerprints — appeared at her first court hearing Tuesday under the name Jane Doe.

The woman refuses to identify herself other than the name Julia Bay Wadsworth, which investigators believe is false. She has taken elaborate steps to conceal her identity, including fighting six correction officers in the jail during an attempt to take her DNA in hopes of identifying her, said Detective Mark Baker of the Allen County Sheriff’s Office.

The woman has refused to give her real name. Any information she has provided has been found to be false, Baker said.

“We don’t know who she is,” he said. “Our feeling on it is she is wanted for some crime. Obviously something of great severity.”

Baker and other detectives have worked a countless number of hours trying to identify the woman who has made various stops around the country with no home they can locate.

She has been in Ohio since February when a family she was living with in Florida sent her to Lima to take care of their 95-year-old mother. She had been caring for an elderly person in Florida who died and that family took her in for a few months, Baker said.

She had been in Florida since at least July 2013.

The woman came on the radar of detectives when the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles launched an investigation against her after she fraudulently obtained a state identification card, Baker said.

She used a birth certificate she fraudulently obtained from Maine along with some persuasion to get the Ohio identification card, Baker said.

She has refused to give a true name and has given false information on the names of people she claimed are her parents.

“They don’t exist in the real world, either,” Baker said.

When deputies went to the home she was staying in Sherwood Park off Cable Road last month as the caregiver for a 95-year-old woman, she tried to run out the back door. She has been in the jail ever since refusing to identify herself, Baker said.

Every step along the way the mystery into the woman’s identity grew and produced clues that continued to have detectives believing she is wanted for a serious crime somewhere.

Detectives searched her computer and found various Internet searches on how to conceal a person’s identity. There was a search on the length of time federal investigators look for someone. She asked Google if a heat source could kill her DNA. She had repeated searches on ways to destroy her fingerprints and checked on every state’s procedure to obtain an identification card, Baker said.

“At this point in the game, no one hides her identity like she does for an overdue speeding ticket. There’s something more serious here,” Baker said.

Additionally, she searched information about obtaining a passport, researched Russia and how to get across the Bering Straight, a distance of 51 miles between the tip of Alaska and Russia, Baker said.

The woman said she had never been to school, never obtained a birth certificate or a Social Security number, never held a job and never paid taxes or filed a return, Baker said.

During the BMV investigation she had agreed to allow the FBI to take her fingerprints but showed up with an attorney and so much lotion on her hands she was asked to remove it to be printed. She claimed she had a skin disease but when the agent asked her about it, she then walked away, Baker said.

“The FBI couldn’t hold her. They were just doing a voluntary fingerprint for the Social Security Administration,” Baker said.

Baker and other detectives said they believe the woman is highly intelligent. They found information on her computer showing she obtained a GED diploma under a false name and excelled in her testing.

She said she was born Nov. 1, 1973. Baker said she is around 40 years old, perhaps a little younger.

She is being held on a charge of tampering with records, a third-degree felony, and made her first court appearance Tuesday. She used her hand to block the media from taking photos of her face.

Judge David Cheney set her bail at $50,000 cash and a pretrial for Tuesday. Baker said she can be held indefinitely if she’s not identified.

Detectives have exhausted nearly every way they have or could think of using to find her. They’ve tried social media such as Facebook and posting her picture and what little information they have about her on websites in hopes of catching a break.

Baker said somewhere, someone knows her. It’s just a matter of that person coming across her picture or other information that leads to identifying her and learning whatever trouble she is in, Baker said.

“Somewhere out there the truth can be proven,” he said.

Anyone who may have information that can identify the woman is asked to call Baker at 419-993-1422.


By Greg Sowinski - The Lima News, Ohio (MCT)

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Don't know don't care. I hope she gets rehabilitated for the crime of tampering but I sure hope they don't try to hold her indefinitely because they don't know who she is.

MI Smooth

I thinks she is one of the Lee sisters. Can't figure out which one though, Homely, Ugly or Sickly...

JMOP's picture

That was awful of me to laugh at. Shame on me


They need to ask Mikey. Looks like one of his gals.


i just checked the crawl space, not one of mine..



swiss family





So are you!

swiss family

and you as well


Nope, all man here ole feminine one. Go have a pedicure and a facial might make you feel so much better. And stay out of victorias secret you don't have the figure for those kinda cloths. Yuck


no swiss, im a man. a very old man. although i have been called a lesbian..

swiss family

no Mikey I know exactly who you are..........


Unfortunately, you THINK you "know" who a lot of posters are..... I'm still wondering who this DrD is that you keep calling me....

swiss family

OK ISPSP....I will ACT like I don't have any idea who you and "Mikey" are ...wink


well, it's not the first time i have seen you with a man crush. as much as i respect you as a fellow commenter, the man crush feelings are not mutual..

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eat my shorts

Better watch it before someone sicks the moderator on you. Sounds almost like you're trying to pick a fight.


Your point swiss?

eat my shorts's picture
eat my shorts

Is there ever a point ?

shovelhead's picture

Olive Oil!....UUUUuugugugugugg!


i think you figured out who she is.


chick might be a dude.


I was thinking the same thing lol


She's one of Obama's illegal immigrants who has found a new way to stay in America.


They can't just show up on a boat like your grandparents did. Imagine how much better it would be if they sent you all back when you got to the Statue of Liberty.


Many of our grandparents did it the legal way. When they got to the Statue of Liberty they did the paper work, got jobs, learned English, and supported them selves. They became citizens. They didn't take handouts and milk the system. They were proud to be AMERICANS. My family has never corrected someone and said they were German-American. I am pretty sure I have never seen German-American on a census form, application, or any kind of form. And there is no press 8 for German.


May be she is refusing to tell who she is not because she is wanted for a crime but because she is hiding from someone and her life or family are in danger. Sounds like something out of a novel. I would think that if she had committed a crime and if investigators have used every avenue available they should have found something. Just saying.


i do have room available in the crawl space. just throwing that out there..


i do have room available in the crawl space. just throwing that out there..