LAPD Update on 1969 Jane Doe No. 59 September 8, 2016

Update on 1969 Jane Doe No. 59

Originally published on The Los Angeles Police Department Website here on September 8, 2016

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department Robbery-Homicide detectives continue to seek information regarding the 1969 murder investigation of Reet Jurvetson, also known as Jane Doe #59. Detectives have obtained further leads in the case and are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying two persons of interest.

On July 7, 2016, detectives interviewed a witness in Montreal, Canada regarding the person of interest named “John” or “Jean (possibly French Canadian).” The witness remembers meeting Reet Jurvetson and “John/ Jean” at Café Image in Montreal, Canada, and provided a sketch of “John/Jean” as he appeared in 1969. An additional sketch of an associate was provided, which may help any potential witnesses recall seeing them together. The second male, who was shorter in stature and sported a short “Beatles” type hairstyle. The associate has not been positively identified, but could be named “Jean” as well.

Unidentified male John or Jean

On August 20, 2016, detectives received information that Reet Jurvetson’s sister, Anne Jurvetson, discovered a postcard written by Reet to their parents, who are now deceased. The postcard was dated October 31, 1969, approximately sixteen days before Reet’s body was discovered on Mulholland Drive. The postcard had Reet’s return address as 5311 Melrose Avenue, Apt 306, Hollywood, California 90038. The building was once called the Paramount Hotel. However, it was demolished in 1989 and a new building has since been erected since then.

postcard postcard2

The family translated the postcard, which was written in the Estonian language, as follows:

Dear Mother and Father,

The weather is nice and the people are kind.
I have a nice little apartment.
I go frequently to the beach.

Please write to me.



This is the last known communication written by Reet Jurvetson to her family.

The investigation is on-going and anyone with information is urged to contact Robbery Homicide Division, Cold Case Unit, Detectives Luis Rivera and Veronica Conrado at (213) 486-6810. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to Tipsters may also visit, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.