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Istanbul Jane Doe was a young woman whose legs were discovered by high school students in the Eyüp district of Istanbul, Turkey. She is suspected to be the victim of a serial killer.

Case

Between 2000 and 2001 the severed legs of 8 people would be found in areas in and around Istanbul, Turkey, with only one victim being identified. Almost all of the victims were female, save for two male victims. It was often noted that the perpetrator had clean surgical precision when severing the legs from the bodies of their victims and was able to lure away a victim in an area that experienced high traffic during the day. Additionally, it is suspected that most of the killer's victims were sex workers. As of 2021, the statute of limitations on the case has run out and Turkish police have shelved the case indefinitely.

Despite the expiration of the statute of limitations, it has recently been suspected that Mustafa Murat Ayhan, a man who brutally murdered and dismembered a college student before discarding her remains in different areas, is responsible for the murders from 2000 & 2001. Though, it is unlikely Ayhan will ever be questioned about the case.

Characteristics

  • Described as having signs that she worked standing up for an estimated 7 to 8 hours a day.
  • Well-groomed with shaven legs.
  • Pedicured nails.
  • Described as having plump features on her legs.

Sources

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