Orange Socks' body was found face-down in a culvert along a highway in Georgetown, Texas. She had been sexually assaulted and was strangled. Along with the pair of socks on her body, she also wore an abalone/mother of pearl stone on a ring.
Orange Socks is believed to have been a transient or a runaway. Strong evidence supports this, as she had keys from an Oklahoma motel, long nails, insect bites, unshaven legs and a makeshift sanitary pad. She had salpingitis, which was due to having untreated gonorrhea.
One woman called after the case was featured on television and stated she had seen a person matching the victim's description hitchhiking in Texas. No other information of the victim in life is available.
Henry Lee Lucas confessed to her murder and was sentenced to death. It was later discovered that police officers from the area had him look at crime scene photos and then confess during interviews, which they would use to gain recognition for solving cold cases. Lucas' death sentence was commuted in June 1998, but he remained in prison for other murders until he died of heart problems on March 12, 2001.
The DNA Doe Project took on the case in 2018. Samples are currently in the works to be sent to a lab for analysis.
At least two males may have been involved in the victim's murder, as DNA was discovered on the socks she wore. Law enforcement is unsure whether the profiles are strong enough for additional tests.
- Her case appeared on America's Most Wanted
- She also appeared in Karen T. Taylor's Forensic Art and Illustration
- Her case was mentioned in a 2017 episode of Cold Case Files, but the physical depiction of the victim was inaccurate.
Main article: Unidentified Wiki: Possible identities for Orange Socks