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Murdered: Jeana Lynn Burrus

Murdered: Jeana Lynn Burrus

On February 6, 2007, in a wooded area of Ashton Court in Sarasota, Florida, a 14-year-old found a bone sticking out of the ground.

Investigators quickly discovered that a woman had been buried in a shallow grave. Unfortunately, they were not able to identify her. For 15 years, she was known as “The Sarasota County Jane Doe.” That is until November 2022, when investigators partnered with DNA Labs International to identify 39-year-old Jeana Lynn Burrus using DNA testing and Genetic Genealogy.

Pretty soon, they discovered Jeana had never been reported missing.

Jeana's death was determined to be a homicide. Now, investigators are asking the media and public to share Jeana’s story in hopes of solving her murder.

If you or anyone you know knew Jeana Burrus or James “Jamie” Burrus or lived in or around this area between 2005-2007 and have relevant information, PLEASE reach out to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Department at 941-861-4900.

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