On Oct. 29, 2006, deputies with the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call on an oil lease off Fritz Swanson Road north of Texas 31, where two men discovered an unidentified woman’s body. The woman later came to be known as Lavender Doe.
The Lavender Doe Homicide case has been active from the beginning, and investigators never stopped trying to identify Lavender Doe.
Now thanks to the DNA Doe Project and their supporters, investigators have been able to confirm the identity of Lavender Doe as 21-year-old Dana Lynn Dodd, last known to be living in Jacksonville, Florida.
Joseph Wayne Burnette is currently in the Gregg County Jail awaiting trial, charged with the murders of Dana Dodd and Felishia Pearson. Burnette is also charged with Sex Offender Duty to Register, with his bonds totaling $2,500,000.00