Photo and information from the NYS Police, Troop A, Batavia:
Cold Case Tuesday: New York State Police in Batavia continue to investigate the 1977 murder of an Erie County woman.
On Nov. 25th, 1977, the partially decomposed body of Jessica Rose Lane, age 66, was found by two deer hunters in a wooded area off of Alley Road in the Town of Darien.
The victim was found fully clothed with fractured ribs, a fractured left elbow and a fractured skull, likely caused by stabbing.
Lane was last seen on Nov. 11, 1977 at Williamstown Apartments in Cheektowaga.
The exact location of the crime has yet to be determined. However, the residents below the victim’s apartment claimed to have heard two “thumps” between 4 and 4:30 a.m. on Nov. 12th, 1977.
Lane, who lived alone, was known to keep to herself and rarely had visitors. Suspects have been developed, but no arrests have been made.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Batavia by calling 716-344-6200. Please refer to SJS # 3029541.