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DE MISS X: WF, 16-25, found in laundry bag on Porter Road near Bear, DE - March 1967

Discussion in 'Unidentified 1900 to 1979' started by Kimster, May 7, 2015.

  1. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

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    In depth details here: https://identifyus.org/cases/full_report/7097

    Date found March 18, 1967 14:54
    Date created May 10, 2010 13:58
    Date last modified April 29, 2015 08:06
    Investigating agency
    date QA reviewed November 24, 2010 11:52

    Local Contact (ME/C or Other)
    Agency Delaware Division of Forensic Science
    Phone 302-577-3420
    Case Manager
    Name James Schaeffer-Patton
    Phone 3025773420

    Demographics
    Estimated age Adult - Pre 30
    Minimum age 16 years
    Maximum age 25 years
    Race White
    Ethnicity
    Sex Female
    Weight (pounds) 110, Measured
    Height (inches) 62, Measured
     
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  2. DaisyChains

    DaisyChains Bronze Member

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    ME/C Case Number: 1967-N-0170
    New Castle County, Delaware
    16 to 25 year old White Female

    Demographics
    Estimated age Adult - Pre 30
    Minimum age 16 years
    Maximum age 25 years
    Race White
    Ethnicity
    Sex Female
    Weight (pounds) 110, Measured
    Height (inches) 62, Measured
    Body Parts Inventory (Check all that apply)
    All parts recovered
    Head not recovered
    Torso not recovered
    One or more limbs not recovered
    One or both hands not recovered
    Body conditions
    Recognizable face
    Probable year of death 1967 to 1967
    Estimated postmortem interval Hours

    Case Information
    Status Unidentified
    Case number 1967-N-0170
    Date found March 18, 1967 14:54
    Date created May 10, 2010 13:58
    Date last modified October 23, 2015 08:09
    Investigating agency
    date QA reviewed November 24, 2010 11:52

    Local Contact (ME/C or Other)
    Agency Delaware Division of Forensic Science
    Phone 302-577-3420
    Case Manager
    Name James Schaeffer-Patton
    Phone 302-407-4633

    Exclusions
    The following people have been ruled out as being this decedent:
    First Name Last Name Year of Birth State LKA
    Ida Anderson 1937 Michigan
    Audrey Backeberg 1942 Wisconsin
    Patricia Blough 1946 Indiana
    Sandra Breed 1948 New York
    Linda Britton 1944 Ohio
    Peggy Byars-Baisden 1941 Florida
    Brenda Howell 1943 California
    Johanna Johanna de Haas 1936 Delaware
    Lynn Luray 1948 California
    Pamela Nater 1946 Florida
    Donnis Redman 1943 California
    Alice Reeves 1947 Louisiana
    Mary Ann Switalski 1946 Illinois
    Mary Ann Verdecchia 1951 Pennsylvania

    Physical
    Hair color Brown
    Head hair
    Dark brown hair. Hair tied back with a 1/2" X 8" red ribbon.
    Body hair

    Facial hair

    Left eye color Brown
    Right eye color Brown
    Eye description

    No other distinctive body features
    Distinctive features as described below
    Amputations
    Deformities
    Scars and marks
    Vaccination scar on front of the left thigh.
    No birth marks or surgical scars.
    Natural teeth in good dental repair, probably last seen by a dentist about six months to a year prior to death.
    Tattoos
    Piercings
    Lobules of both ears pierced.
    Artificial body parts
    and aids
    Finger and toe nails
    Other distinctive
    physical characteristics

    Medical
    Medical implants
    Foreign objects
    Skeletal findings
    Organ absent
    Prior surgery
    Other medical
    information
    Fair complexion. Blood type International group O. See University of MD Pathology report in documents section dated 03-22-1967

    Circumstances
    Location Found
    GPS coordinates 39°35'16.48"N 75°44'7.57"W
    Address 1 Porter Road, (AKA County Road 400), .3 miles east of Rte 896
    Address 2
    City Bear
    State Delaware
    Zip code
    County New Castle
    Circumstances
    Young woman's body discovered in a laundry bag on Saturday March 18, 1967 near Bear/Glasgow, Delaware. Clad in blue bikini style panties, manufacturers label removed.

    Fingerprints
    Status: Fingerprint information is available and entered
    Dental
    Status: Dental information / charting is available and entered
    DNA
    Guidelines for Collection of DNA

    Status: Sample submitted - Tests complete

    https://identifyus.org/cases/7097

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  3. DaisyChains

    DaisyChains Bronze Member

    Miss X (decedent)
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Not to be confused with Little Miss X.
    Miss X

    Born 1942 - 1951
    Status Unidentified for 49 years and 5 days
    Died March 17 or March 18, 1967 (aged 16-25)
    Cause of death Septicemia
    Body discovered March 18, 1967
    Bear, New Castle County, Delaware
    Resting place Potter's Field, Delaware
    Ethnicity Unknown
    Known for Unidentified decedent
    Height 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)
    Weight 110–115 lb (50–52 kg)
    Miss X is a currently unidentified deceased woman whose body was found on March 18, 1967, near the towns of Bear, Wilmington, and Glasgow, Delaware.

    It was at first thought that she died as the result of an attempted abortion, but a recent examination disproved this. It was established that she died of septicemia.[1]

    Circumstances

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    Laundry bag that partially covered the body
    Miss X's body was found on the side of Porter road after an apparent dump job.[2] She was clothed only in a pair of blue bikini-like underwear and a red ribbon that was used to tie her hair back.[2] The victim's body was partially hidden inside of a canvas laundry bag that was whitish in color, which was encasing her legs.[1] The manufacturer labels from her underwear had been removed, possibly by the individual who had disposed of her body. It is believed that Miss X had died in a different location and was then disposed of in Bear, likely by a vehicle.[2] The bag that was found at the scene had the words "Bag O - Storage. American Laundry. Dry Cleaning. EX4 5277." printed on it, indicating where it had originated from.[3] It is unknown if the victim was associated with such an establishment.[1]

    The young woman was discovered to have been three months pregnant when she died.[3] It was assumed that she had attempted to have an illegal abortion, as a substance resembling a chemical used in the process was found in her vaginal cavity.[4] It is still possible that the victim had attempted to end her pregnancy, yet it was not at all the cause of her death. She had developed an infection due to an unknown cause, which was untreated, and ultimately killed her.[1]

    Physical characteristics
    Miss X was of small frame, at around 110 to 115 pounds at the height of five feet two inches. She had dark, curly hair and brown eyes, leading some to speculate she was of European origin, from areas such as Greece or Italy.[1]Some have also stated that she appeared to be of "Jewish descent".[2] The young woman had no identifying marks on her body except for a vaccination scar on the top of her left upper leg and had the blood type O.[5] At one time, her ears had been pierced but she had not worn any earrings recently.[2] She had cared for her teeth very well and had some evidence of repair; she was presumed to have seen a dentist approximately six months before her death. She had a large bra size, estimated to be 34DD.[3] Her age was originally estimated to be between eighteen and twenty one, but has recently been increased to sixteen to twenty-five.[2][6]

    Investigation
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    Miss X's incomplete death certificate
    Detectives are focused primarily on identifying Miss X's body instead of finding the individuals who disposed of her body or may have been involved in her death. Because of the significant amount of time that has passed since the body was found the suspects would either be "dead or elderly".[1]

    The laundry bag that was found at the scene was traced to a company known as American Laundry, which operated in Trenton, New Jersey.[2][3] When asked about the victim, members of the owner's family stated that they remembered a young woman, who matched Miss X's description, that either lived close to them or was a customer.[1]

    An anonymous man had called police and had claimed to have brought a woman's body from the state of Washington to Delaware, but little information about the investigation of this tip has been published.[3] This lead is somewhat questionable, as Miss X was deceased for less than twenty-four hours and it would have taken a considerable amount of time to transport the body from such a distance.[3]

    The case was reexamined in 2011, when an evidence container was located that contained the victim's blood and the ribbon found in her hair. The DNA extracted from the blood was then entered in a genealogy system and was linked maternally to individuals from Virginia and North Carolina, although it is not known how close the relatives were to Miss X. This evidence has not assisted with the identification of the victim.[1]

    Early in the investigation, a sketch of Miss X was released to the public in hopes that one would come forward and identify her. It was not until 2013 that the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children reconstructed her face with a much more precise and detailed method.[1]

    Gallery
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    • Reconstruction by Carl Koppelman
     
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  4. DaisyChains

    DaisyChains Bronze Member

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  5. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Merged! :) No worries.
     
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  6. DaisyChains

    DaisyChains Bronze Member

    thank you love! :hug:
     
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  7. Winterlong

    Winterlong Member

    On January 16 I submitted Ruth Egnoski as a possible Miss X. No response yet from Ms. Reed yet; I think Ruth is an interesting possible. They have similar noses and hair. Ruth doesn't have a NamUs page AFAIK, and no contacts are listed for her.
     
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  8. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Side by side:

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    Ever have one of those moments where you're surprised this hasn't been submitted already?!
     
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  9. Winterlong

    Winterlong Member

    I compared her to the post mortem photo as well, which I have if anyone wants to see it (as I understand, it was taken down); Ruth is younger than I personally imagined Miss X being, but within the age range posted and the circumstances behind her disappearance might fit, I think.

    I do wonder if she has already been submitted and ruled out but not listed on NamUs; it just seemed too simple lol. I was looking for possible matches for Miss X on Charley under 1966, she was one of the first listed.

    I wonder if she had unprotected sex, found our she was pregnant, ran away to have an abortion. Doesn't explain why she'd be in DE though
     
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  10. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I love the way you're able to think of situations they could have found themselves in. It's very creative and a gift that I do not have myself.
     
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  11. DaisyChains

    DaisyChains Bronze Member

    http://www.nampn.org/cases/reeves_alice.html


    IMHO she looks like a great match for Alice Reeves who has a missing date solely of 1967 - no more specific date. Though Alice is listed as slightly 5 inches taller than our jane doe I still find her to be significant. Can't tell you the number of cases I helped with that had an incorrect height for the missing/UID put in record.
     

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  12. DaisyChains

    DaisyChains Bronze Member

    another reason why I think Alice may be the Jane Doe is b/c many teenage girls and young women would travel up north from the south to have abortions back in this time. In the south it was much more difficult to find a consenting physician (or back alley doctor) to aid in abortion. I'm aware that it is likely she did not die from the abortion and instead an infection, but an abortion was mentioned in her file and I have a hard time believing this did not contribute to her death or at least that whatever "doctor" did the abortion thought that it was the reason she died even if it wasn't.

    though Alice's upper lip does look bigger than this jane doe. the jane doe looks egyptian and jewish.
     
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  13. MULDER

    MULDER Bronze Member

    The GPS co-ordinates at the NAMUS database put the location she was found at the map below in 18th March 1967
    GoogleMap Link: https://goo.gl/maps/L29AbxpLbHG2


    A news article: April 10, 2013

    Delaware officials look to Trenton in attempt to solve 1967 cold case
    http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2013/04/delaware_officials_look_to_tre.html

    ... authorities may be closer than ever to finally closing this cold case thanks to DNA technology — and an unusual clue that leads directly to the Trenton area.
    ------
    Brown, who reopened the case two and a half years ago, and his office are seeking help from the greater Trenton area, hoping someone can give them a more direct link between the deceased woman
    and the laundry that can lead to a name for her. They’re focusing much of their attention on Trenton’s senior citizen population: if she were alive, Jane Doe would be in her mid-60s at least.
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    In late 2011, Brown’s search for additional evidence was rewarded, when the box was taken out of an evidence room and he found it had a vial of the woman’s blood inside it.
    “Well, I was extremely excited because to me this represented the possibility of developing a DNA profile,” he said.

    Though the blood had dried, Brown was able to take cells from it and found success in recovering DNA. By matching the information with genealogy websites, some of which were complete with genetic
    profiles put up by people seeking lost relatives, the medical examiner was able to contact relatives in Virginia and North Carolina on the mother’s side of Jane Doe’s family.

    “They don’t know how they’re related, but they’re related biologically,” Brown said.
    So far, the family members have been no help in securing an ID.

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    Miss x CMExaminers Office Red Ribbon.JPG Miss x CMExaminers Office.JPG Miss x NCMC .JPG
     
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  14. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    New Castle County, Delaware Jane Doe 1967.

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  15. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://www.missingkids.com/poster/NCMU/1184229/1

    Jane Doe 1967

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    On March 18, 1967, this unidentified, Caucasian female's body was found off the shoulder of Porter Road, a rural area in Bear, New Castle County, Delaware. This location is just a few miles away from Interstate 95 and US Highway 40. She was approximately 16-25 years old, with long, curly, dark brown hair, and brown eyes. She was petite in stature; height 5'2"; weight 110 lbs. With reasonable certainty, her bra size is estimated to be 34DD. Her ears were pierced, but it did not appear she had worn earrings in quite a while. She had a vaccination scar on the front of her left thigh; no other scars or distinguishing marks were observed. Her teeth contained several restorations, and were in very good repair, suggesting that she had seen a dentist within a year prior to her death. Recent ancestry testing suggests she may be of European, Italian, Greek, or Jewish descent. Her legs were stuffed inside a large cloth commercial laundry bag, which was determined to be from a laundry and dry cleaning company, located in Trenton, New Jersey. She was found wearing only a pair of blue bikini panties, and a red ribbon, which tied her hair back. She was transported in a vehicle from an unknown location, quite possibly from another state, and tragically dumped along the side of the road. It is estimated that she died March 17 – 18, 1967, within 24 hours of being found. The above image, suggestive of what she may have looked like in life, is a reconstruction prepared by a NCMEC Forensic Artist, based upon morgue and crime scene images.

     
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  16. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://unidentified.wikia.com/wiki/Miss_X

    Miss X

    Miss X was a young woman found dead in Bear, Delaware on March 18, 1967. She was previously believed to have attempted an illegal abortion that caused her death, but had actually died as a result of an untreated infection.

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    Sex Female
    Race White
    Location Bear, Delaware
    Found March 18, 1967
    Unidentified for 49 years
    Postmortem interval 24 hours
    Body condition Recognizable face
    Age approximation 16 - 25
    Height approximation 5'2
    Cause of death Blood poisoning (accidental)
     
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  17. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

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  18. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    https://www.facebook.com/DelawareLo...0.1073741840.302143206617888/330712600427615/

    Delaware Lostnmissing added 2 new photos to the album:#Unidentified Jane Doe 1967.
    July 4, 2014 ·
    #Unidentified Jane Doe 1967
    Date Found Mar 18, 1967
    Location Found Bear New Castle County, DE
    Estimated Age 16-25
    Sex Female
    Race White
    Hair Color Brown
    Eye Color Brown
    Estimated Height 5'2"
    Estimated Weight 110 to 115 lbs

    On March 18, 1967, this unidentified, Caucasian female's body was found off the shoulder of Porter Road, a rural area in Bear, New Castle County, Delaware. This location is just a few miles away from Interstate 95 and US Highway 40. She was approximately 16-25 years old, with long, curly, dark brown hair, and brown eyes. She was petite in stature; height 5'2"; weight 110 lbs. With reasonable certainty, her bra size is estimated to be 34DD. Her ears were pierced, but it did not appear she had worn earrings in quite a while. She had a vaccination scar on the front of her left thigh; no other scars or distinguishing marks were observed. Her teeth contained several restorations, and were in very good repair, suggesting that she had seen a dentist within a year prior to her death. Recent ancestry testing suggests she may be of European, Italian, Greek, or Jewish descent. Her legs were stuffed inside a large cloth commercial laundry bag, which was determined to be from a laundry and dry cleaning company, located in Trenton, New Jersey. She was found wearing only a pair of blue bikini panties, and a red ribbon, which tied her hair back. She was transported in a vehicle from an unknown location, quite possibly from another state, and tragically dumped along the side of the road. It is estimated that she died March 17 – 18, 1967, within 24 hours of being found. The above image, suggestive of what she may have looked like in life, is a reconstruction prepared by a NCMEC Forensic Artist, based upon morgue and crime scene images.

    http://www.missingkids.com/poster/NCMU/1184229/1


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  19. MULDER

    MULDER Bronze Member

    http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2013/04/delaware_officials_look_to_tre.html

    Although none of the living family that were tested and matched the DNA were able to identify her - there is a good chance that maybe in the future a match may come containing her fathers side of the DNA Profile.
    The DNA matches are down along the South East coast in North Carolina and Virginia - which is inline with where she was found and where the Laundry bag was from.



    Miss x Trenton Delaware Virginia Nth Carolina 2 .JPG
     
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  20. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member



    Muldor - That is a beautiful map you made. I shook my head when I read that none of the relatives knew who she was. I would certainly start asking through the branches of my family tree if someone informed me an unidentified relative was dead and discarded on a roadside.
     

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