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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. Akoya

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    https://identifyus.org/cases/1513

    NamUs UP # 1513
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    ME/C Case Number: 21820165/9182
    Warren County, New Jersey
    14 to 18 year old White Female

    Case Report - NamUs UP # 1513
    Case Information

    Status Unidentified
    Case number 21820165/9182
    Date found July 15, 1982 00:00
    Date created April 01, 2008 00:00
    Date last modified March 19, 2015 08:44
    Investigating agency
    date QA reviewed

    Local Contact (ME/C or Other)
    Agency Warren Cnty Med Examiners Ofc
    Phone 908-213-2800
    Case Manager
    Name Donna Fontana
    Phone 609.584.5051 x 5656

    Demographics
    Estimated age Adult - Pre 20
    Minimum age 14 years
    Maximum age 18 years
    Race White
    Ethnicity
    Sex Female
    Weight (pounds) 100, Estimated
    Height (inches) 62, Estimated

    Probable year of death 1982 to 1982
    Estimated postmortem interval Weeks

    Circumstances
    Location Found
    GPS coordinates Lat N40 59.172 Long W74 58.844
    Address 1
    Address 2
    City Blairstown
    State New Jersey
    Zip code
    County Warren
    Circumstances
    Body was found at Cedar Ridge Cemetery near State Highway 94 in Blairstown, NJ.

    Physical
    Hair color Brown
    Head hair
    Shoulder length, brown
    Body hair

    Facial hair

    Left eye color Unknown or Missing
    Right eye color Unknown or Missing
    Eye description
    Unknown
    No other distinctive body features
    Distinctive features as described below
    Amputations
    Deformities
    Scars and marks
    Tattoos
    Piercings
    Both ears pierced, the left ear twice
    Artificial body parts
    and aids
    Finger and toe nails
    Other distinctive
    physical characteristics
    "Inverted" nipples

    Medical
    Medical implants
    Foreign objects
    Skeletal findings
    Organ absent
    Prior surgery
    Other medical
    information

    Fingerprints
    Status: Fingerprint information is available and entered

    Clothing and Accessories
    No clothing or accessories
    Clothing and accessories are described below
    Clothing on body
    V-neck pullover with yellow/blue/black piping.
    Clothing with body
    Red/white/blue print wrap skirt with lower border of peacocks.
    Footwear

    Jewelry
    Necklace: gold colored chain with small white beads - 14K gold cross, ornate.
    Eyewear

    Other items found
    with body


    Dental
    Status: Dental information / charting is available and entered

    DNA
    Status: Sample submitted - Tests complete
     
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    http://patch.com/new-jersey/longvalley/who-is-princess-doe--a-local-cold-case

    Who is Princess Doe? A local cold case

    By Jane Gold (Open Post) - October 12, 2013 4:37 pm ET

    Princess Doe was the
    name given to a female murder victim found in the Cedar Ridge Cemetery in
    Blairstown, NJ, on a hot summer morning in 1982. Her face was bludgeoned beyond
    recognition, making identification near impossible. To this day, no one has
    claimed her and no one has reported her missing. Though the case is still open
    and has garnered national recognition, including recent air time on CNN and
    “America’s Most Wanted”, it remains unsolved, and her killer remains at large.
    Princess Doe made history in 1982 as the first missing unidentified victim ever
    entered into the FBI’s database. Local author Christie Leigh Napurano, whose
    fiction novel “The Untold Story of Princess Doe” was published last spring, has
    spent much of the past year promoting the case, along with her book, at library
    presentations. Ret. Det. Stephen Spiers, lead detective on the case from
    1998-2012, has been joining her. Together Spiers and Napurano hope that
    educating the public on this case, and keeping it fresh in people’s minds, will
    eventually bring them closer to the ultimate tip: the person who might have
    known Princess Doe’s name.
     
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    http://unidentified.wikia.com/wiki/Princess_Doe

    Princess Doe

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    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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  7. GarAndMo49

    GarAndMo49 Not A Sheeple

    I just have to say that CarlK's reconstructions really "speak" to me. I know it must be really hard to do this sort of thing, especially when one is confronted with a body in the Coroner's Office; but that clay bust just doesn't give me any idea of a real-life person. I'm NOT intending to be critical (God knows I couldn't handle it)- I guess I'm simply expressing my ongoing admiration for CarlK's work & dedication.
     
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    http://www.missinginamerica.us/apps...sing-in-america-gives-princess-doe-a-new-face

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    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.

    As of 2014, Princess Doe still remains unidentified. No arrests were ever made in the case. 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.[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. The body was reburied in the same grave.

    Missing In America now feel strong a New Addition added to Name Us as Of Oct 13 2014 is that of Princess Doe

    Kathlein Kelly Is now in Name Us as Of Oct 2014 and currently being looked at and compaired to Princess Doe Thanks To founder of Missing In America Nancy Schaefer

    Kathleen Kelly, 12 yrs old, Springdale PA, missing since May 22 1981

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  12. Akoya

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    http://csafd.proboards.com/thread/724/jane-princess-doe-1982

    Jane "Princess" Doe 1982

    Post by CSA FD on Oct 2, 2007 at 2:07pm
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    Unidentified White Female

    Located on July 15, 1982 in Blairstown, Warren County, New Jersey.
    Cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head.
    Estimated date of death is weeks before her discovery.
    Her nickname is Princess Doe

    Vital Statistics


    Date of Birth: approximately 1964-1968
    Estimated age: 14 - 18 years old.
    Approximate Height and Weight: 5'2"-5'4"; 90-100 lbs.
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Brown, straight shoulder-length hair. Both of her ears were pierced; her left ear was double-pierced. She wore nail polish on her right fingernails only.
    Dentals: Available. Lower anterior teeth are crowded. Her two front teeth are slightly darker than the rest of her teeth teeth were in fairly good condition. She had some work done, which indicates she probably belonged to a middle class family before she became estranged from them.
    DNA: MtDNA available
    Clothing: The following items of clothing were found around the victim when she was discovered:
    Red v-neck pullover shirt with yellow piping on the front portion of the shoulder area and blue and black piping around the neck, sleeves and waist;
    Wrap-around skirt with red, white and blue print with a wide border of peacock designs on the lower portion;
    Gold-colored chain with small white beads and a 14-karat gold cross with an ornate design.

    Case History
    The victim was discovered in a wooded area of at the north end of Cedar Ridge Cemetery on Route 94 in Blairstown, New Jersey. She was partially unclothed. She was severly beaten prior to her death.
    Investigators have learned that the victim may have been a runaway. She may have worked as a hotel housekeeper in Ocean City, Maryland from 1979 - 1982. The unidentified runaway who worked at the hotel matched Princess Doe's description. The worker used several aliases while employed. Maryland is the last known locale of the unidentified girl.
    Police believe Princess Doe was from the Long Island, N.Y. area, and was estranged from her family.
    Her face had been bludgeoned beyond recognition. She was not pregnant when she died, and had never given birth. Toxicology results showed she was not using drugs at the time of her death -- but those results may have been tainted because investigators believe she was found several weeks after she died.

    Investigators
    If you have any information concerning this young woman's identity or the circumstances surrounding her death, please contact:
    Warren County Prosecutor's Office
    Sgt. Steve Speirs Jr.
    908-475-6275
    OR
    New Jersey State Police
    800-709-7090
    All information may be submitted on an anonymous basis.

    NCMEC #: NCMU400028

    NCIC Number:
    U-630870962
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.
     
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    Jane "Princess" Doe 1982 Apr 29, 2013 at 10:59pm

    When Princess Diana met her fate three months ago, thoughts of another tragic victim, Princess Doe, came to mind.
    Unlike her more famous counterpart, Princess Doe was likely near the bottom rung of the socio-economic ladder. She was a white teen-ager — a runaway in all likelihood, according to authorities — whose face was beaten beyond recognition in July 1982. Her body was then dumped alongside a cemetery on Route 94 in Blairstown, N.J., a speck of a town just 15 minutes east of Stroudsburg.

    Despite countless attempts to identify her — including a 20-minute spot on an HBO crime special that aired in 1983 — authorities know little more about the murder victim than they did 15 years ago: She was between 14 and 18 years old and was wearing a red V-neck pullover, a red, white and blue print wraparound skirt and a gold chain with tiny white beads and a 14-karat gold cross.

    Authorities also know that somebody was very angry at the girl, angry enough to bludgeon her face beyond recognition with a blunt object. Who that person is and the murder weapon have never been determined.

    Police sources have said it is very rare that a murder victim, particularly one who is so young, is still unidentified 15 years later.

    The case is old, but not forgotten. As recently as September the Warren County, N.J., Prosecutor's Office learned that the young woman likely was working in the tourist town of Ocean City, Md., from 1979 to 1982 as a hotel housekeeper. Presumed by police to be a runaway, she used several aliases, investigators have learned.

    This month — 15 years after the community of Blairstown buried the girl near the lonely spot where her battered body was dumped — Princess Doe made headlines again, this time in theNew York Times .

    A prestigious group of current and former federal agents, former prosecutors and forensic specialists from around the world called the Vidocq Society met recently in Philadelphia to discuss the case.

    The private group is named after a 19th-century French detective credited with introducing the use of scientific tools and extensive record-keeping into police work. The elite group brainstorms on cold murder cases, sometimes offering insight that those who had investigated may have overlooked. The society has been credited with helping police throughout the country solve several cases.

    Frank Bender, a Philadelphia artist and forensic sculptor who made a bust of Princess Doe to help police put a face on the victim, is one of the founders of the prestigious group that boasts 82 original members and 100 special members. He and at least one other member had worked on the Princess Doe case, and it was their interest that brought it the attention of the society.

    Vidocq spokesman Dick Lavinthal, who works as a public affairs specialist with the U.S. Department of Justice, said the society provides professional investigators with a "cadre of law enforcement and forensic experts at no cost.''

    The society meets bi-monthly in Philadelphia to discuss cases, and several members typically will form an ad-hoc committee to pursue cases they think they can help on, he said.

    Because the Princess Doe case is active, Lavinthal said he could not comment specifically on what other avenues were being pursued. Any fruitful information, he said, would be turned over to the Warren County, N.J., Prosecutor's Office, which is following up on new leads.

    Present at the Vidocq meeting was Warren County Prosecutor John J. O'Reilly, who was in Philadelphia to see if this group of experts could help his office develop any information.

    O'Reilly said members helped him with profiles of what the killer could be like. He is hopeful that someone in the society may turn up a substantial lead.

    The case, O'Reilly said, has been particularly difficult because authorities still do not know the identity of the girl.

    "It is a very troubling thing that there are kids who are runaways, and no one bothers to report them as missing. As a result, there's no record that these kids are out there somewhere.''

    While O'Reilly and his detectives continue their footwork, the gravestone marking the girl's plot serves as a grim reminder of the perplexing case:

    Policeman haunted by killer's presence

    By his own admission, former Blairstown, N.J., police lieutenant Eric Kranz became obsessed and then frustrated with the Princess Doe case. Kranz, who in 1982 was second in command at the small but spirited police department, headed up the investigation of the murdered teen.
    To this day, Kranz said he thinks he spoke to the teen's killer at the cemetery where she was found. But others involved in the investigation — state police and the Warren County Prosecutor's Office — did not want to interrogate the suspect until the girl was identified, he said.

    Princess Doe, an unidentified teen between 14 and 18 years old, was dumped in a ravine off Route 94 in the small New Jersey community just 15 minutes from Stroudsburg in July 1982. Despite the case still being open to this day, authorities do not know who the girl is or how she ended up bludgeoned beyond recognition in rural northern New Jersey.

    Kranz, who worked day and night on the case in its early years, said he met the suspect shortly after the girl was buried in January 1983. Citizens reported seeing him several times at her grave so Kranz went to the cemetery to see him.

    The man, who lived nearby, turned out to have a record of violence, being arrested for fighting with police and assaulting at least one family member before he moved to Blairstown. He traveled in his line of work, and he quite likely passed through Maryland — the girl's last known location before she died — at the time of her death, Kranz said.

    Kranz said he also spoke to his suspect's brother during the course of the investigation, who told the then-police lieutenant that his brother had the capacity to commit such a brutal crime.

    Kranz said he found no physical evidence linking the suspect to the crime, but the suspect sold his vehicle —which Kranz theorized was used to transport the murder victim — to an out-of-state party shortly after the girl's body was found. Kranz said he went to New York to search the vehicle, but was not able to get access to it.

    Kranz said the prosecutor at the time, Howard McGinn, told him not to interrogate the suspect until the girl was identified.

    "I have a very strong suspicion he is the killer,'' Kranz said. "I am the only one on God's green earth who really thought the guy did it, and I was never given the opportunity to pursue that the way I thought it should be done. . . . .This thing could have been solved years ago, but I didn't have it in me to pursue it anymore.''

    Frustrated with his constant run-ins with other investigators assigned to the case by the New Jersey State Police, Kranz resigned from the township department in 1985. He is now disabled, recovering from a back injury.

    Kranz said his suspect moved from Blairstown in the past decade. He does not know where the man lives now.


    Different account
    McGinn, who was Warren County's prosecutor from 1981-86, said he does not remember Kranz having a suspect he wanted to interrogate.
    "I don't recall anything like that at all,'' said McGinn, who now has a private civil practice in Warren County. "That doesn't ring a bell.''

    The state police investigators who worked on the case with Kranz have retired and left the area. They could not be reached for comment.

    But McGinn did say that the focus of the case from the outset was to find out who the victim was.

    "Because we couldn't positively identify her, we couldn't do much else until that was done. Once we had an ID, then we could have focused on who did it,'' said McGinn, who added that he was satisfied with Kranz's handling of the investigation.

    When told of Kranz's assertion there is a viable suspect, current Warren Prosecutor John J. O'Reilly said: "This case has been investigated extensively by my office and the state police. That's all I can really say about it. We pursued every lead we had.''

    O'Reilly said he thought someone from his office had been in touch with Kranz, but Kranz said no law enforcement officers consulted with him since he left the police department 12 years ago.

    Kranz said the state police investigators did not get involved in the case for months, primarily because they knew it would be difficult to solve. When they did join the investigation, he and they butted heads frequently because the state police were constantly criticizing his procedures.

    Kranz called it an "embarrassment'' that a case requiring so much paperwork and legwork only had one township detective working on it in its early months until the state police answered his nine-man department's plea for help.

    Former prosecutor McGinn agreed there was not enough manpower in the case's early stages.

    "We were concerned about getting sufficient personnel on the case. Blairstown Police Department was small at the time, and of course our office was small at the time, too. But at some point the state police did get involved. I can't recall the timeline anymore after all these years,'' McGinn said.

     
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    Obsessed with case
    Kranz said he became obsessed with Princess Doe because of the enormity of the workload and brutality of the crime. He labeled as a "failure'' the case's first mission: To determine the identity of the girl whose head was bludgeoned beyond recognition and whose body was then dumped in a ravine off Route 94 during a mid-July heat wave in 1982. After that, find the killer.
    Once word was out that the battered corpse had been found near a cemetery on July 15, 1982, hundreds of calls poured into the small police station, from parents whose children had run away, from police officers from other jurisdictions checking on missing persons and from cranks and tipsters. Scores of psychics called, offering their services, but were turned down, Kranz said.

    Also, Kranz examined hundreds of missing person and forensic reports in an effort to identify her.

    "I'm almost sure she passed through my work, but for the most ridiculous reason I did not recognize her,'' he said.

    For example, forensic reports told him that the corpse had no broken bones, so missing-person reports where the victims had once had broken bones were ruled out automatically.

    Then, Kranz said, he learned that some young people's bones mend in such a way that it is nearly impossible to tell that they were once broken. Hence, he said, some of the missing-person reports may had been valuable after all.

    "At times I was going through the trash can trying to backtrack,'' he said.


    Use of media
    The strategy from the outset was to keep the case in the media. Kranz named the girl "Princess Doe'' so that she would have some sort of identity and "a personality to keep her in the press.'' A forensic artist from Philadelphia was recruited to reconstruct her appearance in the form of a bust so that it could be photographed to make posters and fliers.
    The plan worked. Papers large and small ran stories on the bizarre case, TV crews covered press conferences and an HBO special on strange crimes did a 20-minute segment on it. The show aired nationally and generated many calls from parents who children had run away, but no significant leads materialized, he said.

    A novel, "Death Among Strangers,'' used the case as a backdrop.

    "I can't for the life of me understand how a life can be erased without anyone coming forward who has some idea who she was,'' said Kranz.

    The Warren County Prosecutor's Office, which has since taken over the case, determined three months ago that the girl was likely a runaway last living and working as a maid in Ocean City, Md. But investigators still do not know who she was or how she ended up dead in rural northwestern New Jersey.

    With the case taking a toll on Kranz's personal life, in 1985 he resigned to become executive director of the Foundation to Find and Protect Children, a lobby and investigative non-profit agency that helped parents find their runaway children. The job ended a year later when funding dried up.

    Since then Kranz said he has had a variety of jobs. "Whatever I had to do to make a living, I did,'' he said. He left Blairstown shortly after resigning from the police department, and he has maintained no ties. He will say only that he now lives in northern New Jersey.

    "I was so burned out after that case," he said. "It was enough to exasperate anyone.''

    Investigators study possible Maryland connection
    Princess Doe may have worked in shore town

    In September, detectives from the Warren County, N.J,. Prosecutor's Office held a press conference on the Princess Doe case, not in Blairstown or the county seat of Belvidere, but 230 miles from their office in Ocean City, Md.
    One detective, Bill Eppell, told the local Maryland media gathered in the police station in that seashore town that a $1,000 reward was being offered for information leading to the identification of a young murder victim who worked in Ocean City from 1979-82.

    Although the victim has been named Princess Doe shortly after her battered body was found dumped in a ravine in Blairstown, N.J,. in July 1982, the detectives never used that term. Through the years, the case has received international coverage, including a 20-minute spot on an HBO crime special in 1983.

    Detective Eppell, according to the Ocean City Today weekly newspaper, was paraphrased as saying "investigators believe she was in Ocean City during the years 1979 to 1982. They believe she worked in housekeeping at the Harrison Hall (hotel) during the summers of 1980 and 1981 and might have stayed in the North Division Street Area near the foot of the Route 50 bridge.''

    The article also said that when the detectives from New Jersey were tracking down leads in July canvassing Ocean City hotels, they found six people who had information about the victim.

    But in an interview last week, Eppell's boss, Warren Prosecutor John J. O'Reilly, said his office has not determined yet that the victim, believed to be between 14 and 18 years old, was living in Ocean City, Md. He said his office has not ruled it out either.

    O'Reilly said the reporter who wrote the story "misconstrued what the detective said'' when she wrote her story. He would not comment further on specific information on this aspect of the case, nor would he say what evidence led his detectives to Ocean City.



    Story accurate, reporter says
    When told of the prosecutor's statement, the reporter said she stood by her work and that she was always willing to cooperate with police. She had no other comment.
    Detective Eppell, who is on vacation, was not available for comment last week, and his partner on this case, Detective Susan Bloodgood, said office policy dictates all information would have to come from Prosecutor O'Reilly.

    Jay Hancock, public relations officer for the 100-officer Ocean City Police Department, said the New Jersey reward is still being offered. As of Thanksgiving, he said three or four tips have been forwarded to Warren County. He did not know if any of the tips were helpful to New Jersey authorities.

    Other than assisting Warren County detectives when asked, his department does not have an active role in the Princess Doe case since the girl was murdered in New Jersey, Hancock said.

    "From what I recall, they were pretty sure the girl who had worked down here was the same girl who was found in New Jersey,'' Hancock said.

    The girl's identity — a key to finding her killer — has eluded authorities for more than 15 years.

    Hancock said Harrison Hall, where the teen is believed to have worked, is a large hotel on the boardwalk, and North Division Street where she is suspected of living has more modest rental properties that appeal to seasonal workers.

    If authorities are closer to learning who the girl was, they are not saying.



    Leads pursued
    Prosecutor O'Reilly said that many leads have been followed up on, especially in cases where mass murderers have targeted young women. When cases like that enter the limelight, O'Reilly said his detectives look into it to see if the killer's timeline could have crossed paths with Princess Doe. To date, no solid evidence has emerged from the legwork, he said.
    O'Reilly said he did not know if the murder victim's identity would ever be learned, but he said his office would follow up on every viable lead.

    "It's very painstaking work, there's no question about that. But sometimes you do get lucky,'' he said.

    Princess Doe Timeline
    JULY 1982: Teen's body found in ravine on Route 94 near a Blairstown, N.J., cemetery. Her face was beaten beyond recognition.


    OCTOBER 1982: A Philadelphia forensic artist makes a bust of the girl's face.


    JANUARY 1983: Blairstown officials bury the girl in the cemetery where she was found.


    JUNE 1983: HBO airs a 20-minute spot on the case to an international audience.


    MARCH 1985: Blairstown Police Lt. Eric Kranz, the chief investigator on the case, resigns from the department. He never works in law enforcement again.


    JULY 1997: Warren County, N.J., detectives go to Ocean City, Md. and interview six people who had information about the victim, a runaway.


    SEPTEMBER 1997: Warren County detectives post a $1,000 reward in Ocean City for information about the still unidentified victim.


    NOVEMBER 1997: The Vidocq Society, a prestigious group of international crime experts, agree to re-examine the Princess Doe case.


    DEC. 16, 1997: The victim is still not identified and her killer is still free.
     
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    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-910913

    Posted January 15, 2013 by
    CLeigh32
    Location Blairstown, New Jersey

    30-Year-Old NJ Cold Case Victim Needs a Real Name instead of "Princess Doe"

    By CLeigh32 | Posted January 15, 2013 | Blairstown, New Jersey

    Imagine you're a 15 year old girl growing up in a middle class home in the early 1980's. You have a great family; you love your parents, siblings and pets; you're a good student. But then something shatters your perfect life, and you run away. After spending several months on the streets, you make some wrong choices and end up dead in a cemetery in rural NJ. Here's the worst part - your killer bludgeons your face so badly, that three decades later your face, name, identity, and murderer still remain one of New Jersey's oldest unsolved mysteries.

    This is the true story of Princess Doe. Princess Doe was found in the Cedar Ridge Cemetary in Blairstown, NJ in July of 1982. All that is known about her is that she was a white female between the ages of 14-18 years old, 5'2", approx. 105 pounds.

    Blairstown is not a town in New Jersey that many have heard of, and most of the residents like it just that way. A rural farm town tucked away just below the Delaware Water Gap, its beauty and serenity are unprecedented and not at all what you'd picture when you think of stereotypical New Jersey towns. Everyone in Blairstown is friends, neighbors, acquaintances with everyone else....so as you can imagine, when something like this happens in a town like Blairstown, it shakes the community to its very core. The citizens of Blairstown will never let Princess Doe's memory fade, as they hold a memorial for her on the day she was found every year, in the very cemetery she was found in, around a headstone they raised money for back in 1983. Most everyone in this picturesque town knows about Princess Doe - most of them were residents when her body was found all those years ago - and they want a resolution to this tragic story.

    I was born in 1982 just a few weeks before Princess Doe's body was found. I grew up in Blairstown, and as a true crime fanatic the story of Princess Doe saddened me yet fascinated me at the same time. How was it, I thought, that a girl of this age could go missing....but not be missed? How is it possible that NO ONE has stepped forward to claim their missing daughter/sister/friend/niece/neighbor (and the list goes on) after almost 31 years? Several years ago I began writing a fictional novel, offering my explanation for this sad reality. I felt that Princess Doe deserved a name, and an identity, and since law enforcement was no closer after several decades to finding her identity or her killer, maybe I could do something to help. My novel "The Untold Story of Princess Doe" was published in April 2012. The local response I've gotten has been overwhelming, and the lead detective on the case, Det. Stephen J. Speirs, has said on multiple occasions that my book has "helped to breathe new life back into the case". After the book's publication, Det. Speirs and I appeared on CNN Saturday Morning, and America's Most Wanted featured a segment on the case this past fall. In addition, I have been on several dozen radio shows around the country talking about the case and the book. I am convinced SOMEONE, SOMEWHERE has to know SOMETHING about this girl. I refuse to believe that you can live on this earth for 14-18 years, go missing, and not have come in contact with anyone that could recognize or speak for you.....to me, it's impossible. Yet Princess Doe is practically the poster child for missing unidentified victims - she was the first person ever entered into the FBI's Missing Unidentified Persons Database back in 1983. Though my book has helped to get the word out about Princess Doe and her plight, I realize I have not even begun to reach half of the people that I need to with regards to this story. The only way we are ever going to find out Princess Doe's true name is if we keep spreading the word....telling her story...getting the composite sketches/renderings of her face out to the public....it's the only way we will ever get answers. I have been trying to use my book as a tool to raise awareness on this case and garner national interest in hopes that the answers we seek might somehow come to us from a currently unknown source.

    Over the years there have been several leads in the case, the most recent happening this fall. Princess Doe's hair strands were sent for a new kind of isotope testing in Utah, and the results showed that she actually was transient in the months leading up to her death...she may have at one time lived in the Southwestern United States. So how did she get from the Southwest to the Northeast? Didn't someone see her on that trek? And how did she end up in a cemetery in Northern New Jersey? These are the questions that have gone too long without answers and I believe with the right amount of exposure, Princess Doe's headstone will eventually be able to bear her given name.
    Nancy, please help me share this fascinating story with America. There are so many more twists and turns to the case that cannot even be explained in the amount of characters I am allowed in this description. It's time to find out this girl's identity and finally bring her killer to justice. Princess Doe deserves to rest in peace with dignity....with America finally knowing her name.

    For more information on this case please visit whoisprincessdoe.com.
    Thank you,
    Christie Leigh Napurano
     
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    It amazes me that there is SO much information about this doe, and so many trying to identify her, and she's still unknown! How does this happen?
     
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    How did she get from Arizona to New Jersey?
     
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