why do cops call unidentified victims Jane/John Does?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    John and Jane are both generic names.

    The acronym DOA means dead on arrival.

    It is a simple and shorter way to say "Unknown deceased male" and vice versa.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    because this is the name set default in slang terms john for male and jane for female who you call when you don't know the persons real name. So to give a temporally first and last name there considered mr or ms does who ever your talking about john or jane. these names is used regardless of the persons alive or dead it just means you dont know there real identity. Instead of calling them IT or they or he or she etc Does is more respectfull to use as a referance to.

  • 1 decade ago

    Originally an old legal term, dating to the 1700s.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Actually we don't, at least in my very large department.

    The newspapers and TV reporters do but thy are not cops.

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  • 1 decade ago

    @Leslie: What do you mean you don't, I saw it on telly, it was in colour and everything.

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