The 1931 Napier earthquake has one remaining victim that has never been identified. Hawke's Bay Today editor Craig Cooper and Hawke's Bay historian Michael Fowler explore the theories - how did this happen?

Jane Doe.

It's as close to a name as anyone can get, for the sole remaining unidentified victim of the February 3, 1931 Hawke's Bay Earthquake.

She was definitely someone's daughter, and who knows, maybe a mother or grandmother as well.


So how is it, that no one asked after her, in the aftermath of the devastating quake that killed 256 people - 161 in Napier, 93