MANVEL, Texas (KTRK) — Six months after remains of the mystery woman known for three decades as “Princess Blue” were identified, her family now has a chance to say goodbye.
On Sept. 10, 1990, a woman’s bones were found on the side of County Road 101, east of what’s now Highway 288 in Manvel. A pearl bracelet and several rings were found next to the remains, but the woman had no identification.
A 1975 class ring from Robert E. Lee High School in Houston was found near the bones. The ring had a bright blue stone. When investigators released that detail to the public, people started calling the mystery woman, “Princess Blue.” Police worked for years to track down 1975 Lee graduates to try and identify the unnamed woman, but never made any headway.
The autopsy didn’t reveal much. The medical examiner couldn’t say for sure how she died. There were no drugs in her system. She had a couple of fractured ribs. In 1990, it was believed she was likely between 15 and 19 years old. No one in the area came forward looking for a missing woman. The case went cold.
In November 2019, ABC13 reporter Courtney Fischer featured Princess Blue’s case in her “13 Unsolved” series, asking for the public’s help with leads in the case. Around the same time, about 130 miles east of Manvel in Orange, Texas, Danny Davis had just given his DNA to a Texas Ranger, in hopes of finding his sister, Julie Davis, who went missing 33 years ago. The Texas Ranger was investigating the possibility that Julie might have been a missing woman who was found dead in another part of the state.
But when Danny’s DNA went into the state database, it matched Princess Blue’s DNA. Investigators say with 99.9% certainty, Princess Blue is Julie Gwenn Davis.
Now, months after learning Princess Blue is their Julie, Manvel police gave Julie’s remains to the Davis family.
Woman known as ‘Princess Blue’ reunited with family 3 decades later
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