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NJ PRINCESS DOE: WF, 14-18, found in Blairstown, NJ - July 1982

Discussion in 'Unidentified 1980 to 1989' started by Kimster, Jun 11, 2015.

  1. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member


    "Princess Doe"

    On July 15, 1982, the caretaker at the Cedar Ridge Cemetery on State Hwy 94, in Warren Co., NJ found the bludgeoned and abused body of a teenaged girl in a wooded area at the rear of the cemetery....

    She was about 15-16 years old, and had been in the location for several days. A red pull over shirt and a red peasant skirt partially covered her remains. She wore a necklace with a plain metal crucifix medallion.

    The local police detective Eric Kranz checked every school in New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania, and Downstate New York, attempting to find out who she was. He checked gas stations, truck stops and diners in five states, and he still couldn't find out her name. So he named her "Princess Doe".

    She was about 5 feet 2 inches, and weighed between 100 and 105 lbs.

    She was buried on January 22, 1983 in the same cemetery where she was found. Her gravestone reads:

    "Princess Doe - Missing From Home - Dead among Strangers - Remembered By All. Born ? - Found July 15, 1982"

    32 years after her death, "Princess Doe" remains UNIDENTIFIED.

    (Note that since I do not have access to any postmortem photos of Princess Doe, this facial reconstruction is based on the NCMEC CT-Scan reconstruction, and a general description of her hairstyle. Details such as her overall look,and the shape of her eyes, lips, etc. are not intended to be as exact depictions)
    -c koppelman (by permission)

    Last edited: Jun 11, 2015
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  2. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member


    Princess Doe is the name given to an unidentified homicide victim found in Blairstown, New Jersey, United States, in 1982. The body was a young white female between the ages of 15 and 20, although she has also been stated to be as young as 14.Her face had been bludgeoned beyond recognition. The approximate height of the victim was 5'2" and her weight was 110 lbs The body was discovered at the Cedar Ridge Cemetery in Blairstown early on the morning of 15 July 1982. She was the first unidentified decedent to be entered in the National Crime Information Center.

    Currently, Princess Doe still remains unidentified. No arrests were ever made in the case, although a married couple have claimed responsibility for the victim's death. The Warren County Prosecutor's Office is the law enforcement agency investigating the case and still considers the case active. The body was buried in the Cedar Ridge Cemetery, not far from where she was discovered, in January 1983. The remains of Princess Doe were exhumed in 1999 so that samples could be collected for DNA testing, which was extracted from her femur in Baltimore, Maryland.[9] The body was reburied in the same grave
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  4. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    My previous reconstruction of Princess Doe was based on a NCMEC CT-Scan based depiction of her general facial shape. Author Jesse P Pollack provided me with photos of her skull, and some additional details, such as that she was wearing eye-shadow when she was found, One local woman saw her in an A&P store prior to her death, and recalls that the girl's hair was pulled up into a bun. The eyewitness has looked at this depiction and ...says that this image more accurately depicts her overall look than any of the previous facial reconstructions that she has seen. - per Carl Koppelman's facebook in regards to this new recon

  5. DaisyChains

    DaisyChains Bronze Member

    Christine went missing in july of 1982, but was not reported missing until march of 1984. maybe she is a match? The vitals are pretty close although she was 22 and not in the 14-20 yo age range. FL though... hm.

    Christine Teresa Huyer

    Above Images: Huyer

    Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

    • Missing Since: July 3, 1982 from Orlando, Orange County, Florida
    • Classification: Missing
    • Date Of Birth: January 30, 1961
    • Age: 22
    • Height: 5'1"
    • Weight: 108 lbs.
    • Hair Color: Blond
    • Eye Color: Hazel
    • Race: White
    • Gender: Female
    • Clothing: Designer jeans and blue Western boots.
    • Case Number: 84064945
    Details of Disappearance
    Christine Huyer was last seen in Orlando on July 3, 1982.

    She was reported as missing on March 23, 1984.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Orange County Sheriff's Office

    Source Information

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  6. DaisyChains

    DaisyChains Bronze Member

    Also there is Emma missing from FL as well in July of 82.

    Emma Lorene Vaughn

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    Above Images: Vaughn Right: AP to age 45

    Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

    • Missing Since: July 10, 1982 from Orlando, Orange County, Florida
    • Classification: Endangered Missing
    • Date Of Birth: November 10, 1967
    • Age: 14
    • Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
    • Weight: 114 lbs (52 kg)
    • Hair Color: Brown
    • Eye Color: Blue
    • Race: White
    • Gender: Female
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: When she was last seen her left
      front tooth was chipped and she had a tendency to bite her fingernails. Emma
      had a scar on chin, scar on eyebrow, nonspecific and a strawberry birthmark
      on the front of the right calf.
    • AKA: Christine
    • Case Number: 47268L
    • NCIC Number: M-121662608

    Details of Disappearance
    Emma was last seen walking down Robinson Street in Orlando, Florida. She may have been seen in the general area after that time, but her whereabouts are currently unknown.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Orlando Police Department

    Source Information

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  7. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member


    Princess Doe is the name given to an unidentified homicide victim found inBlairstown, New Jersey, United States, in 1982. The body was a young white female between the ages of 15 and 20, although she has also been stated to be as young as 14.[2] Her face had been bludgeoned beyond recognition. The approximate height of the victim was 5'2" and her weight was 110 lbs.[3]The body was discovered at the Cedar Ridge Cemetery in Blairstown early on the morning of 15 July 1982.[3][4][5][6] She was the first unidentified decedent to be entered in the National Crime Information Center.[7]

    Currently, Princess Doe still remains unidentified. No arrests were ever made in the case, although a married couple have claimed responsibility for the victim's death. The Warren County Prosecutor's Office is the law enforcement agency investigating the case and still considers the case active.[8] The body was buried in the Cedar Ridge Cemetery, not far from where she was discovered, in January 1983.[4] The remains of Princess Doe were exhumed in 1999 so that samples could be collected for DNA testing, which was extracted from her femur in Baltimore, Maryland.[9] The body was reburied in the same grave.

    Discovery and examination

    On the morning of July 15, 1982, gravedigger George Kise discovered the body of Princess Doe in the rear of Cedar Ridge Cemetery in Blairstown, New Jersey. The body was found lying on its back just over a steep bank that leads to a creek below. The victim's face had been beaten beyond recognition with a yet-to-be-determined object. Due to the condition of her body, her eye color could not be discerned.[7]

    The body was clad in a red short-sleeved shirt. A peasant-style skirt was found lying on top of the victim's legs. No undergarments were found. Despite this, no conclusive evidence of sexual assault was found, but this was difficult to determine because of the exposure of the body. A golden cross necklace was found tangled in the victim's hair. Two earrings were found in her left ear.[10] Red nail polish was found on the right hand only and she had no known surgical scars, distinct birth marks or tattoos. Scars or marks on the head/face area would not be known due to the condition of the body. The front two teeth were slightly darker than the other teeth. The victim's appendix and tonsils were intact. Forensic anthropologists determined that the victim was not pregnant and had never given birth, and was most likely between the ages of 14 and 18 years old at the time of death. Toxicology did not reveal any traces of drugs but was not entirely conclusive because of the time lapse between the death and discovery of the body. It is believed that the body was discovered after 2 to 3 days or possibly weeks of exposure. This was difficult to determine because of the hot and humid weather in the area at the time.[11]

    Examination indicated that the girl had attempted to fight back or defend from her attacker, as trauma to her hands and arms was observed.[10]


    Diane Genice Dye
    For many years, Princess Doe was thought to be Diane Genice Dye, a missing teenager from San Jose, California, who vanished on July 30, 1979.[12][13] This theory was propagated by several law enforcement officials in the state of New Jersey, who went as far as to hold a press conference identifying Diane Dye as Princess Doe. However, Lt. Eric Kranz, the Princess Doe case's original lead investigator, maintained that Diane Dye was not a viable candidate for Princess Doe's identity.[14] Kranz's feelings were shared by Diane's family and investigators in California, who were particularly incensed by the conduct of New Jersey law enforcement. In 2003, Princess Doe's DNA was compared with a DNA sample from Diane's mother Patricia, and it was conclusively determined that the Princess Doe was not Diane Dye.

    Arthur and Donna Kinlaw[edit]
    Police sketch of Princess Doe after interviewing Donna Kinlaw

    In 1999 evidence came to light that Arthur and Donna Kinlaw were responsible for Princess Doe's murder. Donna was arrested in California for attempting to commit welfare fraud by using the name "Elaina", which was traced to a Long Island native involved in Arthur's prostitution ring and gave details about two murders he committed, of two other females who remain unidentified today.[7][10] After Kinlaw was faced with a death sentence, Donna told authorities that Kinlaw had killed another woman, a prostitute, earlier in 1982.[7] She told police that she was with Arthur in the cemetery and witnessed him commit the murder.[6]Another report states that Donna Kinlaw said that in July 1982, her husband brought home a teenage girl, left home and returned without her. He later apparently disposed of his clothing and cleaned his vehicle. Afterward, he threatened his wife, claiming if she did not attend her job, he would "take her life" as he did to the girl he brought home.[7] However, a lack of corroboration meant that Kinlaw was not charged. Speirs stated, "[Kinlaw] claimed responsibility for her death. But I have no physical evidence to confirm that, and without the identity of Princess Doe, I have no way of connecting the dots so to speak, putting her in a place where he could have been or would have been at the same time."[6] Spears also reported that he doubted the confession because the Kinlaws could not provide a name for Princess Doe, even though they had claimed to have been with her for a period of time. Despite that he questions the credibility of their statements, Spears does believe the victim was native to Long Island, New York.[7] However, Donna Kinlaw was interviewed by a forensic artist who created a sketch of the girl she claimed to have met, which does resemble the most recent composite.[15] Arthur remains incarcerated for two counts of second-degree murder.[7]

    Apart from the Kinlaws, several other suspects have been reconsidered to be involved in the case.

  8. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member


    Recent developments

    One theory was submitted that Princess Doe may have been a runaway and could have been an individual using false names while employed at a hotel in Ocean City, Maryland. Six people have recently come forward with suspected identities of Princess Doe.[10] In 2012, a sample of her hair and a tooth were examined through isotope analysis and indicated that the victim was most likely born in the United States. The sample of her hair indicated that she had lived at least seven to ten months in the Midwestern or Northeastern United States. The tooth sample indicated she could possibly be from Arizona.[16] It is also believed that the girl had spent a long period of time in Long Island, New York.[15][17]After seeing images of the girl's clothing on a newspaper, a woman reported to officials that she remembered seeing a girl wearing the same clothing as Princess Doe on July 13, 1982, just two days before her body was found. The woman claimed that she was shopping with her daughter at a store across from the cemetery and observed the victim's unique clothing. The shirt and skirt themselves were traced to a manufacturer in the Midwestern United States, although the brand labels were missing.[7] Three people reported that they bought similar clothes, after viewing photos, at a Long Island store, which is now closed. It is unknown if the store was specifically located in Long Island or possibly in other locations.[16][18] The 2012 composite of the victim also generated new tips, as it resembled several missing girls from the country.

    Media appearances

    Additional composite of the victim that also illustrates her clothing

    MISSING (HBO Documentary)

    After extensive print media coverage in 1982, Lt. Eric Kranz, the original lead investigator from the Blairstown Police Department, was contacted by HBO regarding the Princess Doe case, and asked if the channel could chronicle the case in an upcoming documentary, entitled "MISSING". Kranz agreed, and the segment was filmed over the course of several weeks. Kranz was shown following leads as they came in, and the documentary was notable for containing actual footage of the recovery of Princess Doe's body, along with footage shot by HBO of Princess Doe's 1983 funeral. The documentary also contained a segment following the Johnny Gosch disappearance.[10]

    Lt. Kranz (now retired) coined the name, "Princess Doe" early in the investigation and also managed to get the case covered extensively in the media.[4] The case was used as the impetus for recording unidentified crime victims in the NCIC database at the national level. Princess Doe became the first such case entered by the FBI director.

    MTV's Fear

    A season one episode of MTV's Fear, a paranormal reality television show, featured a completely fictionalized account of the Princess Doe murder. In the episode, airing in 2000, Princess Doe was portrayed as the victim of a cult sacrifice.[19]Viewers were told that Princess Doe was found decapitated and missing her hands on the grounds of "Camp Spirit Lake", a fictionalized version of Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco, which is located in Hardwick Township, New Jersey. Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco is notable for having been the filming location of the first Friday the 13th film, which Lt. Eric Kranz appeared in two years before the discovery of Princess Doe's body.

    The "Princess Doe" portrayed in this episode bears no resemblance to the actual murder victim. The episode's version of the Princess Doe case resembles the unsolved murder of Rosa DeGaldo, who was found missing her head and hands in Warren County, New Jersey in November 1997.[8][20] The occult aspects presented in this episode appear to be based on notable supposed cult killings in New Jersey, such as the 1972 death of Jeannette DePalma, a teenaged resident of suburban Springfield whose body was found allegedly surrounded by "occult symbols"


    The case was featured on America's Most Wanted in 2012 in hopes to generate new information in the case.[7][17]

    The same year, the most recent reconstruction was broadcast on CNN.[22]

    Burial and memorials

    Princess Doe was buried on January 22, 1983 after she had remained unidentified for over five months. Funds were donated for a coffin and headstone for the victim.[7]

    On July 15, 2012, a memorial service was held for the 30th anniversary of Princess Doe being discovered, at the top of the ravine where her remains were found. Over 100 citizens attended as well as several reporters and cameras. The victim's clothing as well as her reconstructions were displayed for public viewing.[7]

    On October 12, 2014, Princess Doe was honored at a missing person's rally in the area.[
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  9. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member



    Princess Doe: New Evidence Arises After 30 Years

    There are many unsolved crimes in the New Jersey, even after years of painstaking efforts by state investigators. Homicides, disappearances, serial killings and ‘dump jobs’ (a term for unidentified bodies or body parts found tossed like garbage alongside highways and county roads) make up thousands of unsolved crime files in the evidence lockers of police departments across the state. Many of these dump jobs end up as what investigators refer to as ‘cold cases,’ which garner a lot of publicity, but very few leads.

    The clothing worn by Princess Doe at the time of the discovery of her body.

    One such case is that of Princess Doe of Blairstown, one of the nation’s most puzzling mysteries and coldest cases. On July 15, 1982, the body of a white female was found by workers at the Cedar Ridge Cemetery on Route 94 in Blairstown, Warren County. The girl’s age was estimated between 14 and 18 years, she was 5-feet 2-inches tall, and weighed about 110 pounds. She had been dead five to ten days. She had been beaten to death with a blunt instrument. Her face was bashed in beyond recognition, then the body was thrown into a ravine adjacent to the cemetery grounds.

    Medical examiners said that there were defensive wounds on the girl’s arms and hands, and alcohol was found in her system. The body was found fully clothed, in a V-neck sweater, a red, white and blue wrap-around skirt, and wearing a gold necklace with a rosary-like cross. Her left ear was double-pierced.

    The victim was first called Princess Doe by the Blairstown police department because of her age and size (Doe is a moniker often given by police to unidentified persons). The department used every available means possible to identify the young girl, even turning to the media in an effort to gather leads. HBO featured the case in a 20-minute segment to an international audience on their show Strange Crimes. Also, a novel, “Death Among Strangers,” used the case as a backdrop. However, whoever Princess Doe really was and where she had come from, remained a mystery.

    The most recent, and what is believed to be the most accurate, 3D composite of Princess Doe created by the Smithsonian Institute using a CT scan of her skull. (Photo: Warren County Prosecutor’s Office)

    On June 30, 1983, Princess Doe became the first person entered into the FBI’s national computerized unidentified deceased files. The case is now a textbook course taught at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va. There have been many suspects over the years, ranging from local residents to serial killers arrested elsewhere. All of them have been interrogated, but no one has ever been charged with the killing.

    Six months after the young victim was found, she was buried in a remote corner of the cemetery near where her body was first discovered. The townspeople of Blairstown, moved by the poor victim’s tragic circumstances, donated a coffin, plot and headstone for the stranger. The inscription on the stone says simply: Princess Doe, Missing From Home, Dead Among Strangers, Remembered By All. Born? – Found July 15, 1982.

    The Warren County police department pieced together some more facts about the anonymous young girl. They learned that Princess Doe was probably a runaway, who, in the years before her death, may have worked as a hotel housekeeper under several aliases. These tips came from a detective not in New Jersey, but rather Ocean City, Maryland, a beach community with many inexpensive motels for seasonal visitors. Leads sent the New Jersey police south to the city where they have found up to six people alleging to have information about Princess Doe’s true identity.

    Now after 30 years new evidence has begun to surface in the case leading police to believe that Princess Doe was from Long Island and was murdered by a pimp for refusing to take part in his prostitution ring. Read the witness testimony and about about the new DNA testing being performed in an attempt to finally lay this unsolved case, and Princess Doe, to rest. This article appeared in the Long Island Press earlier this month
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    Birth: unknown
    Death: Jul. 15, 1982
    Warren County
    New Jersey, USA
    "Princess Doe" is the name given to an unknown white female of between 14 and 20 years of age. Her partially clad body was found on July 15, 1982 in Cedar Ridge Cemetery, which became her final resting place as well. In life, the young woman was 5'2" in height, and weighed between 100 and 120 pounds, with shoulder-length light brown hair.

    Forensic evidence revealed that she had been severely beaten before her death, and that a heavy blow to the head killed her. She may have been dead up to a week before she was discovered on July 15, 1982.

    Although local, state and Federal police, along with private individuals, have worked on the case for over twenty years, neither her identity nor that of her killer have ever been discovered.

    The case remains open, and has been the subject of books, television shows, and forensic studies. On June 30, 1983 Princess Doe became the first person entered into the FBI's national computerized unidentified deceased files.

    BORN - ? FOUND JULY 15, 1982

    BORN - ? FOUND JULY 15, 1982

    Cedar Ridge Cemetery
    Warren County
    New Jersey, USA


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  11. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member


    Murder Victim Dubbed “Princess Jane Doe” Found In Blairstown Cemetary In The Summer Of 1982


    These are three seperate composite sketches which were created by different artist to give an idea of what the unidentified Jane Doe may have looked like alive. Both sketches are an approximate description based on the deceased victim’s physical features and shouldn’t be used as the sole basis of identifying the victim.



    The identity of a young female discovered in Warren County, New Jersey on July 15, 1982 remains unknown over three decades later.

    The unidentified female was given the name “Princess Jane Doe” after she was discovered in a wooded area in Blairstown Cemetary, Route 94, NJ. She had been beaten to death and medical examiners conclude her estimated time of death could have been up to several weeks prior to discovery. They also determined she wasn’t pregnant nor did she ever give birth. She had no drugs in her system at the time of her homicide.

    The community was horrified that something like this could happen so close to home and saddened when nobody came forward to claim the body so they came together and raised the funds to give Princess Doe a proper burial and gravestone.

    So many years have gone by and many believe Princess Doe wasn’t from the area due to the fact that nobody knows who she is. It’s possible she may even be from another Country which would explain why, despite thousands of people threw out the United States seeing her case, her identity remains a mystery. However, a witness did come forward saying she knew Princess Doe and that she lived in Long Island, NY and was estranged from her family.

    Lt. Stephen Speirs of the Warren Co. Prosecutor’s Office has investigated Princess Doe’s case close for many years and had hoped to solve the mystery by July, 2007, which would have been the 25th anniversary of the discovery. But it’s now passing the 30th anniversary with just as many unanswered questions as there was 30 years ago.

    Physical description: A young Caucasian female between 14-20 years of age with a thin frame. Eye color is unknown. When she was found she was wearing red nail polish on her right hand but no polish on her left, almost as if she started painting her nails but didn’t get to finish. Her left ear has two piercings, her right ear has an unknown amount of piercings.

    Case Details:

    Date Body Found: 07/15/82
    Estimated Date of Death: 07/11/82
    Estimated Age: 14 – 20 years (victim would be in her 40’s if she was still living today)

    Hair: shoulder length brown hair

    Weight: 90 – 100 pounds
    Height: between 5’2” / 5’4”

    Teeth: Lower anterior teeth are crowded (two of her front teeth were slightly darker than the rest of her teeth and her teeth also indicate she came from a middle-class background)

    Clothing: A red V-neck pullover shirt with yellow piping on the front portion of the shoulder and blue and black piping around the neck, sleeves and waist. Victim was also wearing a red/white/blue print wrap-around skirt with a wide border print of peacocks on the lower portion.

    Jewelry: A gold-colored chain with small white beads spaced evenly within the chain. Attached to the chain was a 14K gold cross with an ornate design.


    Photo provided by NJ State Website (link below)


    Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact: The New Jersey State Police at 1-800-709-7090 or you can submit an online tip by e-mail missingp@gw.njsp.org
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  12. Akoya

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    About Princess Doe

    What is known about Princess Doe:

    Discovery date of the body: Thursday, July 15th, 1982 ~ 8:00am

    The body of Princess Doe was discovered by local cemetery maintenance workers on the southeast corner of the cemetery, just over the steep bank that leads down to the creek below. The cemetery has been modified and expanded over the years so the exact location is difficult to pin point. Law enforcement has used a photo comparison from 1982 and present day to come up with an excellent idea of where the body was found.

    Location: The Cedar Ridge Cemetery in Blairstown, New Jersey (Warren County), USA
    State Route 94 - Across from the old A&P Shopping Plaza. This is the largest cemetery in the Blairstown area and relatively full at this point.

    Cause of Death: Blunt force trauma to the head. The actual weapon was not found or determined.

    Approximate Age: 14-18 years - This is not exact due to the amount of time the body was exposed and the climate in the area during that time.

    Approximate Weight: 110 pounds (50kg)

    Approximate Height: 5' 2" (157cm)

    Hair Color: Medium Brown - Shoulder Length

    Race: Caucasion/Non-Hispanic

    Eye Color: Unknown

    DNA: Entered in CODIS and available for comparison

    Finger Prints: Available for comparison

    Dentals: Available for comparison

    Both ears were pierced, the left ear twice

    The victim was found, partially clothed in a simple "peasant" skirt and a red short sleeved shirt with yellow piping.

    The victim was found without any footwear or undergarments.

    The victim was found with red nail polish on the right hand only.

    No known surgical scars, birth marks or tattoos. Scars or marks on the head/face area would not be known due to the condition of the body.

    The front two teeth are slightly darker than the other teeth. Dental records are available for comparison.

    The victim's appendix and tonsils were intact

    The victim was not pregnant and had never given birth. No conclusive evidence of sexual assault was found but once again, this was difficult to determine because of the exposure of the body.

    Toxicology did not reveal any traces of drugs but is not 100% conclusive because of the time lapse between the death and discovery of the body

    It is believed that the body was discovered after 1-3 weeks of exposure - this was difficult to determine because of the hot/humid weather in the area at the time.

    National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Case Number: NCMU400028

    NCIC Case Number: U-630870962

    NamUs Case Number: 1513

    Doe Network Case Number: 36UFNJ

    Porchlight for the Missing Case Number: NJF820715


    Q1: Has Princess Doe ever been identified?
    A1: As of 2013, the body still remains unidentified and rests in a grave near the area of the Cedar Ridge Cemetery where she was found.

    Q2: Where did the name "Princess Doe" originate?
    A2: The original detective on the case, Lt. Eric Kranz from the Blairstown Police department, came up with the idea during the original investigation. He did not want her to be known as another "Jane Doe" and forgotten.

    Q3: Has anybody ever been arrested for this crime?
    A3: No, there has never been an arrest related to this crime.

    Q4: Who is currently handling this investigation? Is it active?
    A4: The Warren County Prosecutor's Office is currently handling this case. The investigator in charge is Lieutenant Detective Stephen Speirs. He can be reached at 908-475-6275 or via e-mail sspeirs@co.warren.nj.us Yes, the case is active and being investigated and pursued.

    Q5: Is it possible that a serial killer was involved?
    A5: This has not been ruled out completely but currently there is no credible link to a serial killer during that time period. Again, this has not been ruled out.

    Q6: What can you tell me about the area where Princess Doe was found?
    A6: Blairstown is a small, relatively rural community (for New Jersey.) The population in 1982 was less than 5,000 and it was largely a farming area at the time. However, the construction of Interstate Route 80 had begun to bring about population growth. The location where the body of Princess Doe was discovered is right off of State Route 94 and within seven miles of Interstate Route 80. The website for the town itself is http://www.blairstown-nj.org/ The Cedar Ridge Cemetery is one of the larger and better known cemeteries in the area.

    Q7: What is the most likely scenario for the case?
    A7: This is a tough, yet often asked question. The most likely scenario that has been published is on the America's Most Wanted Website. That is the best, most up-to-date lead available. However, it is not conclusive and other leads are investigated. Law enforcement is always searching for new information to help identify Princess Doe and tries to keep an open mind to all new and old information.

    Q8: Is the cemetery thought to be the actual scene of the murder?
    A8: No evidence was found to indicate that the actual murder took place there. However, no other crime scene was associated with the case. Considering the amount of time that passed and the weather conditions, this is difficult to determine.

    Q9: Is it possible that Princess Doe is actually Diane Dye?
    A9: No, although this theory received a lot of media attention and support, Diane Dye was ruled out using conclusive DNA testing.

    Q10: I believe that (fill in the name) is a possible match and should be
    added to the list.

    A10: Any information should be emailed to tips@princessdoe.org and it will be considered to add this information to the list of possible matches. Most valid matches are added within 72 hours. Please note that the matching process is an on-going effort and does take considerable time.

    Q11: Was this case ever featured on television?
    A11: HBO ran a special on the case in 1983, as part of a documentary series entitled "Missing Children". The segment was produced by David Bell productions.

    Q12: What forensic evidence is available?
    A12: Hair, finger nails, fingerprints, DNA and teeth have all been collected into evidence. The DNA has been entered into the nationwide CODIS database.

    Q13: Was Princess Doe found decapitated?
    A13: No. There was another case in the area that involved a decapitated body and sometimes this is confused with the Princess Doe case. The decapitated victim was later identified as Rosa Delgado from Connecticut.

    Q14: Was a book written or movie produced about this case?
    A14: Before "The Untold Story of Princess Doe", a novel was written by Deidre S. Laiken in 1987 entitled "Death Among Strangers." Please note, like "The Untold Story of Princess Doe", this is a work of fiction! No movie was ever created about the case although rumors of screen plays have popped up from time to time. There was also an article dedicated to the Princess Doe case in the first edition of 'Weird New Jersey' (by Mark Sceurman and Mark Moran.) Pages 238 and 239 were dedicated to the case in the hardcover edition.

    Q15: I would like to donate time/money to the Princess Doe cause. What can I do?
    A15: Currently, the efforts to find Princess Doe's identity are privately funded and will remain that way for the foreseeable future. Websites and all activity relating to the 25th Memorial Service were paid for with private funds. Zero tax dollars or other monetary donations have been accepted to date. There are many "missing person/children" causes to donate time and money to. One such suggestion is the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Their website can be found with the following link: missingkids.com
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    "The Untold Story of Princess Doe"


    Buy "The Untold Story Of Princess Doe" at Local Book Stores

    Thirty-two years ago, the bludgeoned body of a teenage girl was found in a cemetery in the rural farm town of Blairstown, New Jersey. Her untimely death captured the hearts of the townspeople, who dubbed her "Princess Doe", and kept the rest of the nation on the edge of their seats waiting for a resolution that never came. To date, the case is still open, and Princess Doe remains as nameless and faceless as the day she was found. Who was she? And how did she end up here? Based on one of the saddest true unsolved crime stories in New Jersey's history, "The Untold Story of Princess Doe" begins two years before the young girl's untimely demise and discovery, creating a harrowing fictional account that gives a name and a story to a girl who has been anonymous for far too long.

    Each year, hundreds of young girls go missing and are unaccounted for. This heartbreaking story is just one of many. Nearly thirty-two years later, the question remains: Who is Princess Doe, and why has no one come forward to identify her?

    About The Author

    Christie Leigh Napurano was born in 1982, just weeks before the discovery of Princess Doe’s body in Blairstown, NJ’s Cedar Ridge Cemetery. While growing up and attending Blairstown Elementary School and North Warren Regional High School, Christie heard the tale of Princess Doe many times and it always haunted her. After graduating from Syracuse University in 2004, Christie started a career in Public Relations, holding positions at Sound Communications and Rubenstein Communications in New York City and the Hoboken International Film Festival in New Jersey.

    Upon reading news articles in 2007 about the 25th anniversary of Princess Doe’s death, Christie became fascinated by the fact that after two and a half decades, Princess Doe’s identity still had not been discovered. She wondered how it was possible that no one had ever claimed this girl or reported her missing; and was incredulous that after all this time, law enforcement was no closer to giving Princess Doe a much-deserved identity.

    In 2008, Christie moved to Los Angeles, continuing her Public Relations career at the Kaplan Group. It was in Southern California that she began writing “The Untold Story of Princess Doe”, taking nearly three years to develop the fictitious character of Julianne Martell and chronicle her sad and compelling story. She hopes that the release of “The Untold Story of Princess Doe” will in some way help to bring justice and dignity to the mystery girl that was found in the Cedar Ridge Cemetery all those years ago, and maybe also provide hope for identifying other missing unidentified victims.

    Christie currently resides in Hoboken, NJ. “The Untold Story of Princess Doe” is her first novel.

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    30 years later, Princess Doe's unsolved murder still pushes investigators to find answers

    By Richard Khavkine/The Star-Ledger
    on July 15, 2012 at 8:15 AM

    She wore a simple short-sleeved, candy-apple-red top and an ankle-length wraparound skirt.

    Her brown hair was down to her shoulders, and the fingernails on her right hand were polished red.

    She looked as young as 14, but she could have been 18.

    Her crucifix, ornate and singular, hung from a beaded, 14-karat gold chain draped around her neck.

    She was bludgeoned to death beyond recognition and dumped on debris just outside a Blairstown burial ground, 30 years ago today.

    She was buried there a few months later, under a majestic maple tree, about 100 feet from where a caretaker at the Cedar Ridge Cemetery stumbled upon her body.

    She is still without a proper name.

    "She was somebody’s daughter, maybe someone’s sibling. She had friends. She walked this Earth," said Stephen Speirs Jr., a lieutenant with the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office, and since 1999 the lead investigator into the girl’s death.

    Speirs, 50, stood a few feet from her grave site last week. He was expressing both hope that she would be identified and frustration that, three decades after her killing, she was still unknown. And that her killer could still be walking this Earth.

    "You find out who she is, you find out who did this," said now-retired Blairstown Lt. Eric Kranz, who led the initial investigation into the killing.

    Despite dozens of leads, many tantalizing, that ultimately proved false or inconclusive, both men are more confident now than ever that the girl — who Kranz named "Princess Doe" in the hopes she would not become another forever-anonymous Jane — will be identified.

    "I would be shocked if we don’t get closure," said Kranz, 65, who left the police department in 1985.

    Last week, he was putting up notices announcing today’s noontime memorial service for Princess Doe. Kranz said he still thinks of her "every day, every waking hour."

    Very little is known about the girl. A post-mortem determined she was Caucasian and non-Hispanic. She had double piercings through her left ear and bore no surgical scars, birthmarks or tattoos. She was well-nourished, and she didn’t appear to have been homeless.

    But she could have been nearly anyone, and come from nearly anywhere.

    "We can’t narrow in," Speirs said, as traffic rumbled past on nearby Route 94 and crows cawed from perches in the cemetery’s trees. "It’s been hard to tell."

    The chances of catching a killer typically start to diminish after about 48 hours. But enabled by breakthroughs in forensic science, evidence collected three decades ago might just be starting to yield clues.

    "In a case like this," Speirs said, "time is on my side. There’s so many more things I can do."

    On Friday, Speirs received a half-dozen sketches based on a CT scan of the girl’s skull.

    "This is what she would have looked like before she was murdered," he said.

    Recently, Speirs had the girl’s sweater top and patterned skirt put on a mannequin that duplicated Princess Doe’s 5-foot, 2-inch, 105-pound frame.

    "It almost came to life," he said. "It spoke to me; I think it will speak to the public."

    Last week, a forensics lab in Utah received 40 strands of the girl’s hair. Those locks contain the chemical composition of the water the girl was drinking for as long as her hair was growing.

    Because chemicals in water vary slightly and in predictable patterns according to a particular combination of geography and climate, "we know where to expect to find that isotope in a landscape," said Lesley Chesson, an analytical chemist with IsoForensics Services in Salt Lake City.

    By the end of the month or in early August, Chesson will have helped Speirs map out Princess Doe’s whereabouts week by week for about a year before her death.

    "We can take our resources and saturate that region," he said.

    And yet more testing of crime-scene DNA — almost a cliché in criminal inquiries now but not even on the investigative radar 30 years ago — will soon be under way, he said.

    Where an accurate profile being done in the mid-1980s might have required drops of blood, said Dixie Peters, the technical leader at the missing-persons unit at the University of North Texas’ Health Science Center in Fort Worth, "now we need something very, very small."

    In the coming weeks, Speirs will address just such a package to Peters’ unit: "We may have some trace (DNA) that was not contributed by the victim," he said.

    Through the decades, forensics analyses have eliminated dozens of leads and possible matches.

    It’s disappointing, but you’re whittling it down," said Speirs, who will retire from the prosecutor’s office at the end of the month but will stay close to the investigation.

    But for all of what science can determine, he said, the best ally he might have is someone’s conscience.

    "Somebody may decide, 'It’s time for me to talk,'" he said.

    Or maybe the memory of someone who might have known the girl will be jarred by renewed attention to the case.

    The investigation into Princess Doe’s death has reached far beyond this quaint, rural corner of the state, where green rolling hills lead to the Delaware Water Gap.

    Kranz said that because of his inquiries to police jurisdictions throughout the country, 27 disappearances and three murders were solved as investigations were reinvigorated in dozens of missing-persons cases.

    But a solution to the case that matters most to the two detectives has remained frustratingly elusive.

    After the initial investigation into Princess Doe’s death concluded, township residents paid for her burial and a simple headstone.

    "Missing from home," the engraving reads. "Dead among strangers / Remembered by all / Born ? — Found July 15, 1982."

    Speirs and Kranz just want to add a name.

    Jerry McCrea/The Star-LedgerWarren County Prosecutor's Office Lieutenant of Detectives Stephen Speirs is seen at the grave site of Princess Doe in the Cedar Ridge Cemetery in Blairstown.

    An artist's rendering of Princess Doe from 2007, left, along with an updated computer sketch.

    Photos provided by the Warren County Prosecutor's Office show the outfit Princess Doe was wearing, along with her necklace (inset).

    Richard Raska/The Star-LedgerA 1983 Star-Ledger photo shows the fresh grave of Princess Doe.

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    36UFNJ - Unidentified Female

    Date of Discovery: July 15, 1982
    Location of Discovery: Blairstown, Warren County, New Jersey
    Estimated Date of Death: Less than a week prior
    State of Remains: Not recognizable - Decomposing/putrefaction
    Cause of Death: Homicide by blunt force trauma to the head

    Physical Description
    Estimated Age: 14-20 years old
    Race: White
    Gender: Female
    Height: 5'2" to 5'4"
    Weight: 90-100 lbs.
    Hair Color: Brown, straight and shoulder-length.
    Eye Color: Unknown
    Distinguishing Marks/Features: Her left ear was double-pierced. It is unknown if her right ear was pierced. No earrings were recovered. She wore nail polish on her right fingernails only. No previous fractures. She was not pregnant when she died, and had never given birth.

    Dentals: Available. Crowding in the lower anterior teeth. Two front teeth are slightly darker than the rest. Teeth were in fairly good condition. A few dental fillings were present.
    Fingerprints: Unknown
    DNA: Unknown

    Clothing & Personal Items
    Clothing: Unknown
    Jewelry: Gold-colored chain with small white beads and a 14-karat gold cross with an ornate design.
    Additional Personal Items: Unknown

    Circumstances of Discovery
    The partially clad victim, known as Princess Doe, was discovered in a wooded area at the north end of Cedar Ridge Cemetery on Route 94 in Blairstown.

    She had been severely beaten prior to her death. Her face had been bludgeoned beyond recognition.

    Police believe Princess Doe was from the Long Island, New York area, and was estranged from her family.

    Investigating Agency(s)
    Agency Name: New Jersey State Police
    Agency Contact Person: N/A
    Agency Phone Number: 800-709-7090
    Agency E-Mail: missingp(at)gw.njsp.org
    Agency Case Number: Unknown

    Agency Name: Warren County Medical Examiner's Office
    Agency Contact Person: N/A
    Agency Phone Number: 908-213-2800
    Agency E-Mail: N/A
    Agency Case Number: 21820165/9182

    NCIC Case Number: U630870962
    NamUs Case Number: 1513
    NCMEC Case Number: 1102461

    Information Source(s)
    New Jersey State Police
    Princess Doe Website
    Wikipedia - Princess Doe
    The Vidocq Society
    America's Most Wanted

    Admin Notes

    Added: Prior to 2011; Last Updated: 2/14/16
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    Princess Doe remembered at Sunday gathering


    Brendan Karolchyki, 13, of Fredon, prays at the grave of Princess Doe during a ceremony in Blairstown Sunday.
    Posted: Oct. 12, 2014 10:29 pm Updated: Oct. 16, 2014 1:00 am


    BLAIRSTOWN -- As she prepared for Sunday's gathering in memory of Princess Doe -- the unidentified teen girl found bludgeoned to death in Cedar Ridge Cemetery more than 30 years ago -- Green Township resident Lisa Valentino found herself confronting again the very feelings of frustration and helplessness she felt when her own sister went missing eight years ago from her home in Wilmington, N.C.

    Valentino's 12-year-old daughter, Emily, called it "the journey that never stops."

    "One of the most difficult things," said Valentino, "is just getting people to care about your missing loved one. Trying to get people to come here today, I ran up against that same wall and found myself remembering how I felt in 2006 when we were trying to get press for my sister's case, trying to let people know she was missing, trying to get law enforcement to take seriously what my family was saying -- that she would not just walk away and leave her two young daughters behind."

    Valentino said it was by the grace of God that, based in the very city where her sister had gone missing at 34 years old, was a national organization dedicated to raising awareness of unsolved and missing person cases. Had it not been for them, she said, it's doubtful the murdered remains of her sister, Alison Jackson Foy, and another woman who had gone missing would have ever been found two years later in the low-lying ditch where they were discovered.

    It was for these and the more than 700,000 other unsolved and missing person cases nationwide that the "Road to Remember Tour," a project of the Wilmington-based CUE Center for Missing Persons, made its way Sunday afternoon to the humble grave where Princess Doe was laid to rest in Cedar Ridge Cemetery on Jan. 22, 1983.

    Now in its 11th year, the tour is in the midst of an eight-day, 4,000-mile journey through 11 states to highlight 100 unsolved and missing person cases like that of Princess Doe.

    Growing up in Blairstown, Christie Napurano had long been haunted by the tale of Princess Doe and felt compelled to write a book about the case, which she published two years ago. "The Untold Story of Princess Doe," as she titled it, attempts to piece together an account of what the girl's life might have been like before she went missing.

    Napurano said she believes keeping alive the memory of Princess Doe -- who had been bludgeoned beyond recognition when her remains were found by cemetery workers on the morning of July 15, 1982 -- will be the key to eventually identifying her and bringing closure to the case.

    "Somebody had to have known this girl," Napurano said. "She was about 14 to 16 years old. You can't be on the Earth that long and have no contact with anybody. Somebody knew her, and I'm hopeful that someday we'll be able to reach that person or persons."

    But former Blairstown Police Lt. Eric Kranz, who first investigated the case and coined the name "Princess Doe," suggested Sunday that even in death, Princess Doe continues to speak for the many other murdered and missing persons whose voices have been silenced, several of whom were featured in illustrations and literature provided to the 40 or so people in attendance at Sunday's gathering.

    At the time he began investigating the murder of Princess Doe, Kranz said, he encountered "incredible resistance" from others even within his own police department.

    "It just wasn't a priority to them. They felt there were other things out there you could be doing," said Kranz, now 67.

    But Kranz -- who left the Blairstown Police Department after eight years to become director, in 1985, of an organization for missing and exploited children -- said the increased awareness of other children who had gone missing around that time, including Adam Walsh and Eton Patz, slowly began changing people's attitudes.

    The case of Princess Doe captured national media attention at that time as well and was even featured on an HBO special. The case also led to changes in how missing persons were identified, culminating in Princess Doe becoming the first name to be entered into the FBI's National Crime Identification Center database in 1983.

    "She was responsible in death for many laws being passed," Kranz said.

    Doreen Bedell, who was 15 at the time Princess Doe's remains were discovered, said Sunday that she still recalls the hushed tones in which her late father, Norman Bedell -- who was then chief of police in Blairstown -- and her mother, Lois Bedell, discussed the case.

    "My poor husband went to his grave not knowing what ever became of her, but she'll never be forgotten," said Lois Bedell.

    The CUE Center for Missing Persons takes its name from the nonprofit Community United Effort started by Monica Caison in 1994 after she personally came to know the families of three missing persons before she turned 25 years old. Ten years later, the "Road to Remember Tour" was launched after a North Carolina college student, Leah Roberts, went missing while on a cross-country trip. Though her wrecked and abandoned vehicle was later found, Roberts was never seen again.

    As for Princess Doe, "It's important that these children who have no name, that they get a name and are brought back to their loved ones," said the group's founder, Monica Caison. "Somebody could be searching high and low for this child, spending years of agony and everything they have, just to find her. For all we know, it could be a rural family somewhere that doesn't watch TV shows."

    Though Princess Doe's identity and family remain a mystery, Doreen Bedell said the tokens of remembrance that people continue to leave at the girl's grave show "she has family now. People do care, but I wish we could have some type of closure."
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    Princess Doe

    Princess Doe was a teenager or young adult who was found brutally murdered in a cemetery in Blairstown, New Jersey. Her case is one of the most popular in the unidentified persons subculture.

    Princess Doe was found days after her death. She had begun to decompose and her head had been severely damaged by a blunt object. She wore a dress and a cross pendant was found tangled in her hair.

    It is not known if Princess Doe was sexually assaulted or raped, although her skirt was lifted upward from her body. No biological evidence was found, as the body was too decomposed.

    She was given the name "Princess" by Lt. Eric Kranz of the Blairstown police, who wanted her to be known by a different name such as Jane Doe, to distinguish her case from others easily.

    The victim was possibly seen alive at a supermarket by a mother and child, who recognized the clothing found with Princess Doe's body. This was two days before the body was found, which is consistent with law enforcement's belief that she was killed only days before her discovery.

    No trace of drugs were found in her system. Some reports claim Princess Doe's blood contained alcohol. A possible explanation for this could be due to fermentation of the blood during decomposition, according to law enforcement.

    Donna Kinlaw stated that her husband Arthur was involved in the victim's murder. Donna Kinlaw stated that her husband had picked up young women and had them involved in a prostitution ring. She also stated he was also responsible for the murders of other victims, some who remain unidentified, like Princess Doe.

    Investigators are skeptical of this confession, as many question the credibility of the Kinlaws.

    In 2015, Princess Doe was given a new reconstruction by the NCMEC and her age range was updated from 14 and 18 to 15 and 20.

    The New Jersey State Police believed Princess Doe was Diane Dye for years until she was ruled out by DNA in 2003.

    Physical characteristics
    • Princess Doe had painted the nails on her right hand red.
    • Her front teeth appeared darker than the rest.
    • Recent analysis of Princess Doe's remains indicated that she had spent time in various regions of the United States before her murder, including Arizona.
    • Princess Doe wore a skirt that was red and white with a peacock design on the bottom portion.
    • She wore a red T-Shirt.
    • A gold necklace with a cross pendant was found tangled in her hair.

    Sex Female
    Race White
    Location Blairstown, New Jersey
    Found July 15, 1982
    Unidentified for 34 years
    Postmortem interval Days
    Body condition Decomposed/Traumatic injuries
    Age approximation 14-20
    Height approximation 5'2
    Weight approximation 100 pounds
    Cause of death Beating
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    NamUs UP # 1513
    ME/C Case Number: 21820165/9182
    Warren County, New Jersey
    14 to 18 year old White Female

    The following people have been ruled out as being this decedent:
    First Name Last Name Year of Birth State LKA
    Maria Anjiras 1961 Connecticut
    Donna Barnhill 1967 North Carolina
    Lynn Burdick Burdick Unknown Massachusetts
    Sandra Butler 1962 Nevada
    Rosemary Calandriello 1952 New Jersey
    Ann Ellinwood 1965 Oregon
    Ann Ellinwood 1965 Oregon
    Deborah Green 1961 Florida
    Teresa HAMMON 1963 California
    Mary Jo Long 1964 California
    Mary Jo Long 1964 California
    Mary Jo Long 1964 California
    Tammy Mahoney 1961 New York
    Deborah McCall 1963 Illinois
    Deborah McCall 1963 Illinois
    Toni McNatt-Chiappetta 1967 Pennsylvania
    Judith ODonnell 1961 New York
    Eleanor Parker 1962 Louisiana
    Dean Pyle Peters 1966 Michigan
    Kathryn Quackenbush 1964 Maryland
    Michele Reidenbach 1964 Pennsylvania
    Emma Vaughn 1967 Florida
    Debra Vowell 1957 California
    Amy Yachimec 1968 Arizona
    Amy Yachimec 1968 Arizona
    Karen Zendrosky 1963 New Jersey
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