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NJ TIGER LADY: WF, 17-21, found in Knowlton, NJ - 26 Oct 1991 - Bengal tiger tattoo

Discussion in 'Unidentified 1990 to 1999' started by Sunburst, Nov 2, 2015.

  1. Sunburst

    Sunburst Bronze Member

    She had a large tattoo of a crouching Bengal tiger on the back of her left calf. Estimated date of death is early October, 1991. She was found October 26th, 1991. Face not recognizable. Slight cleft chin. Estimated age 17-21 years. The tattoo is pictured below. She was named "Tiger Lady" , although "Tiger Lady Teen" might be closer.

    She was found in a wooded area near the "major interchange of I-80, US 46, and State Road 94." , according to the Doenetwork.

    Estimated height 61 inches, estimated weight 105 lbs, according to NAMUS.
    Namus link: https://identifyus.org/en/cases/1593
    Doenetwork gives height estimates of 4'10 - 5'2"; weight estimated at 95 - 110 lbs. http://doenetwork.org/cases/47ufnj.html

    Hair is listed as brown, eyes listed as brown on NAMUS. Doenetwork lists her hair as being light brown/dirty blonde "possibly" dyed blonde. Pierced ears, with her left ear pierced 4 times. Computer reconstructions of what her face may have looked like are below, showing the different hair colors. She had an overbite of her upper left rear teeth.

    LE did extensive research on the tattoo, hoping it would id her. However, tattoo artists said the tiger tattoo was a "flash" tattoo, available from a tattoo sheet that customers could select tattoos from. It did not appear to be a custom tattoo. The tattoo appeared to be new/fresh and she may not have had the tattoo when she went missing.

    The pencil sketches below were done in 1991. The computer recons were done in 2014.

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    Edited by Kimster to add media link: http://www.crimewatchers.net/forum/...ger-lady-janedoe-found-1991-in-newjersey.985/
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  2. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    The “Tiger Lady” remains unidentified – and the New Jersey State Police are releasing new sketches in the hope of bringing attention to the unsolved cold case.

    A sketch artist has drawn new renderings of what the young woman must have looked like in 1991, at the time she was apparently killed and abandoned.

    “We can reach a half million people or more through social media. Please like and share this post. Someone knows something,” troopers said over a Facebook post.

    The woman’s body was found partially decomposed by the side of I-80 in Knowlton Township on Oct. 26, 1991. She was white, age 17 to 19, and she was petite – somewhere between 4 feet 10 inches to 5 feet 1 inch, and weighing 95 to 110 pounds. She was stripped of clothes, jewelry and earrings from several piercings in her ears. But the most unique feature remained a tantalizing clue to investigators – a crouching Bengal tiger crawling down the calf of her left leg, authorities said.

    Authorities dubbed her “the Tiger Lady,” and confidently followed leads, put out lines to find out who she was, using the tattoo as an important identifier. But the days, weeks, and then months dragged on, and nothing came back.

    [​IMG]Investigators found that the "Tiger Lady's" namesake tattoo was not rare - and was probably done by someone who was not a professional artist, they said early in the investigation.NJ State Police

    “For the first few months, we all were feeling good that there was such an identifier as the tattoo, and we thought it would be only a matter of days until we identified this person,'' Detective Richard Clayton, of the Warren County Prosecutor's Office, told The Star-Ledger at the time.

    “We’re getting to a point now where we’re not getting a break,” said State Police Detective Christopher Andreychak, back in 1992.

    The body was decomposed to the point that police were unsure of how the woman died, they said at the time.

    The tattoo itself was a focus of the investigation – but didn’t lead anywhere. The detectives on the case found it wasn’t rare, and wasn’t of high quality, probably having been done by a nonprofessional, someone who was just learning the business, they told The Star-Ledger at the beginning of the investigation.

    In 1993, authorities told the newspaper they suspected that the “Tiger Lady” might be connected to the infamous serial killer Joel Rifkin, who was eventually convicted of killing nine women in the New York area – but who is suspected in 17 or more murders.

    The “Tiger Lady” is not alone in the Warren County area. In 1982, a girl was found bludgeoned to death in a Blairstown cemetery, and she came to be known as “Princess Doe.” In 1997, and less than a mile from where the Tiger Lady was found, the headless torso of a woman was found floating in Columbia Lake. However, that victim was later identified as Rosa Delgado, a Hartford, Conn. woman who was last seen heading to a store with her 4-year-old daughter to buy diapers. Her murder was never solved – and the girl was never found.

    Seth Augenstein can be reached at saugenstein@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @SethAugenstein. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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    Advocate Ask me how to get your loved one in NamUs

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  4. DaisyChains

    DaisyChains Bronze Member

    all these women/prostitutes killed in the NE during this period (particularly the woman in CT trying to buy diapers) make me think of
    William Devin Howell


    Tiger Lady's tattoo is very Asian in Styling. I see this same Tiger and pose on many asian decorations. Makes me wonder: Did the Tiger represent the year she was born?

    Years and the Five Elements[edit]
    People born within these date ranges can be said to have been born in the "Year of the Tiger", while also bearing the following elemental sign:[1][2]

    Start date End date Heavenly branch
    13 February 1926 1 February 1927 Fire Tiger
    31 January 1938 18 February 1939 Earth Tiger
    17 February 1950 5 February 1951 Metal Tiger
    5 February 1962 24 January 1963 Water Tiger
    23 January 1974 10 February 1975 Wood Tiger
    9 February 1986 28 January 1987 Fire Tiger
    28 January 1998 15 February 1999 Earth Tiger
    14 February 2010 2 February 2011 Metal Tiger
    1 February 2022 21 January 2023 Water Tiger
    19 February 2034 7 February 2035 Wood Tiger


    Maybe this could give us a theory into how old she is and her interests? A birthyear of 23 January 1974 10 February 1975 Wood Tiger would put her right at that 16-17 year old estimated age.
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  5. spike

    spike Bronze Member

    OMG. Wasn't there a toddler buried in the Long Island Murders area???
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  6. Sunburst

    Sunburst Bronze Member

    Yes, there was a toddler in the LISK victims.
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  7. DaisyChains

    DaisyChains Bronze Member

    Makes you wonder about Rosa and her toddler...

    Great correlation there. I do think the estimated post mortem interval for the mother and toddler in the LISK case was a probable death year of 2005-2007. BUT maybe Rosa and her sweet baby were victims of LISK as well! The torso being found separate from other parts of the body (still not discovered) sounds very LISK like. Also by 1997 when Rosa was murdered and baby missing LISK had likely already murdered his 1996 victim who we now refer to as Fire Island Jane Doe.

    And that would put him at killing not just 1 toddler, but 2...if it was him.

    I have been wondering if all the victims found were the work of LISK or if there was some overlap with another murderer. Not sure if the later bodies were dismembered like the first bodies pre 2005. Either LISK brazenly evolved into keeping victims bodies intact or we have two separate murderers - one who used the dumping ground while scattering remains multiple locations from 1996-2006 and one who left intact victims near gilgo around 2005-2010
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  8. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member


    Case Information
    Status Unidentified
    Case number 21910208
    Date found October 26, 1991 00:00
    Date created April 01, 2008 00:00
    Date last modified March 03, 2016 16:34
    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

    The following people have been ruled out as being this decedent:
    First Name Last Name Year of Birth State LKA
    Julie Johnson 1961 Indiana
    Deborah McCall 1963 Illinois
    Francis Morales 1962 New Jersey
    Karen Spencer 1972 Ohio
    Darci Warde 1973 Washington
    Heide Wilbur 1974 Vermont
    Heide Wilbur 1974 Vermont
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  9. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member


    NamUs UP # 1593
    ME/C Case Number: 21910208
    Warren County, New Jersey
    17 to 19 year old White Female

    Case Report - NamUs UP # 1593
    Case Information

    Status Unidentified
    Case number 21910208
    Date found October 26, 1991 00:00
    Date created April 01, 2008 00:00
    Date last modified March 03, 2016 16:34
    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

    Estimated age Adult - Pre 30
    Minimum age 17 years
    Maximum age 19 years
    Race White
    Sex Female
    Weight (pounds) 105, Estimated
    Height (inches) 61, Estimated
    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
    Not recognizable - Decomposing/putrefaction

    Probable year of death 1991 to 1991
    Estimated postmortem interval Days

    State New Jersey
    Zip code
    County Warren
    Composite sketch and computer generated facial reconstruction available.

    State New Jersey
    Zip code
    County Warren
    Composite sketch and computer generated facial reconstruction available.

    tattoo of bengal tiger on rear of left calf

    Status: Fingerprint information is currently not available

    Status: Dental information / charting is available and entered

    Status: Sample submitted - Tests complete
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  10. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member


    Police release new sketch of 'Tiger Lady,' still unidentified 23 years after her body was found
    November 14, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    KNOWLTON — Investigators were confident, at first, that she would be identified. Somebody would have to know something about a dead teenager with the distinctive tattoo dumped near a rural New Jersey highway.

    But 23 years later, the “Tiger Lady” remains unidentified – and the New Jersey State Police are releasing new sketches in the hope of bringing attention to the unsolved cold case.

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    Akoya Bronze Member



    Unidentified Deceased (Female - Caucasian)
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    On October 26, 1991, a white female was discovered in a wooded area off of Route 94, Knowlton Township, Warren County, NJ. This area is at an exit off Interstate 80 near the Delaware Water Gap.


    Case Number

    Date Body Found
    October 26, 1991

    Estimated Date of Death
    Early October 1991


    17- 19 years



    4'10" to 5'2"

    95 - 110 lbs.

    Light brown to dirty blonde (may have been bleached or dyed)


    Charts and x-rays available

    A Bengal tiger going down the lateral portion of the left calf

    Pierced ears, 4 holes in the left ear

    If you have any information about this case or the identification of this individual, please contact:
    The New Jersey State Police at 1-800-709-7090 or e-mail at missingp@gw.njsp.org

    Warren County Prosecutor's Office - 908-475-6275
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  15. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member


    The Doe Network:
    Case File 47UFNJ


    Unidentified White Female

    Located on October 26, 1991 in Knowlton Township, Warren Co, New Jersey.
    Manner of death is homicide.
    Date of Death: Days
    Her nickname is Tiger Lady, inspired by her tiger tattoo.

    Vital Statistics

      • Estimated age: 17 - 19 years old
      • Approximate Height and Weight: 4'10 - 5'2"; 95 - 110 lbs.
      • Distinguishing Characteristics: Light brown to dirty blonde hair; possibly bleached or dyed. Brown eyes. Both of her ears were pierced; her left ear was pierced four times. The victim had a tattoo of a crouching Bengal tiger on rear of her left calf.
      • Clothing: No clothing was found with the victim.
      • Dentals: X-rays and dental charts are available; she had overbite of her upper left rear teeth.
      • Fingerprints: Not Available


    Case History
    Her partially decomposed body was discovered in a wooded area in Warren County, Knowlton Township, New Jersey. The body was found near the major interchange of Interstate Route 80, US Route 46 and State Route 94.

    If you have any information concerning this woman's identity or the circumstances surrounding her death, please contact:
    New Jersey State Police

    Warren County Prosecutor's Office
    Isidore Mihalakis
    Warren County Medical Examiner's Office

    You may remain anonymous when submitting information to any agency.

    Agency Case Number:

    NCIC Number:
    Please refer to this number when contacting any organization with information related to this case.

    Source Information:
    New Jersey State Police

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  16. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member


    Who is the Tiger Lady?


    The Tiger Lady...
    is the name given to a dead, unidentified
    young woman that was discovered in the
    woods in Knowlton Township, New Jersey
    in October of 1991.

    To this day, nobody has come forward to
    identify the body. The victim was
    discovered by hunters near the
    intersections of state route 94, interstate
    route 80 and US route 46.

    One identifying mark and major clue in the
    case is a tattoo found on the victim's
    lower, left calf. The tattoo depicts a
    bengal tiger that is ready to leap. The
    detail is quite intricate and the color as


    Found on: October 26, 1991
    Location: Knowlton Township, NJ USA - Warren County
    Height: 4'10" - 5'2"
    Weight: 95 - 110 lbs
    Age: 17-19 Years Old
    Hair: Light brown or dirty blond

    Dental X-Rays are available
    DNA is available for comparison

    NCIC Case Number: U-525171945
    Doe Network Case ID: 47UFNJ


    If you have any information or tips regarding this case
    please contact Lt. Detective Stephen Speirs of the
    Warren County Prosecutors Office at 908-475-6275

    To e-mail tips about the case:

    All communications can be handled anonymously.

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  17. Akoya

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    Tattoo and Sketch Only Clues to an Identity
    Published: April 19, 1993

    WARRINGTON, N.J., April 14— She gazes out of the picture, her eyes a little bored, maybe a little hostile, waiting.

    She seems to be real, and yet is not. The face of the woman on homicide police bulletins being posted in truck stops and highway police barracks across the country is in fact a computer's best guess about the appearance of a young woman who was murdered, and her body dumped in a truck parking area off Interstate 80 here, 18 months ago.

    When she was found by hunters, her face had so badly deteriorated that no reliable picture of her face could be drawn. The police know her today only by the striking animal tattoo on her left calf: Tiger Lady.

    Hers is the first picture created for New Jersey detectives by the Metropolitan Toronto Police Department's Computer Assisted Recovery Enhancement System, a program that begins by scanning a victim's skull and then reconstructs the muscle and flesh of a human face. Corridor for Killers

    The need to resort to the expensive process points up what is emerging as a particularly grim and troubling problem for state law-enforcement agencies across the country, the use of major highways as a dumping ground for murder victims. It is a criminal practice that greatly increases the difficulty of identifying anonymous victims and so of taking the first big step toward identifying the killer.

    "We're getting so much more dumping on the interstates because the interstates system is a continuous, highly anonymous corridor that gives a killer a convenient avenue to get a body out of the area where he killed it," said Lieut. Robert Scott, supervisor of the Major Crimes Unit for the New Jersey State Police, in explaining why the big roads have become today's equivalent of the back alley of a half-century ago.

    "A killer can drive for four or five hours and go through several states, and because of the lack of communication between state police agencies, if a New Jersey person is murdered and dumped in a pull-off in Pennsylvania, it could be days before we realize that that's our body they've got there," he said. "By then the killer could be anywhere in the country."

    Witnesses are also quickly scattered on the interstates, Lieutenant Scott added, and besides, he asked, who pays attention to other people on an interstate?

    "It's not like you're on your own street or even in your own town," he said. "When people get on an interstate, they just want to get to where they're going, and nobody gives a damn about what's going on around them."

    Tiger Lady is the third body to be found along Interstate 80 in the last six years, according to state police and county prosecutors. The bodies of at least five women, presumed to have been prostitutes, have been left along the New Jersey Turnpike in recent years, Lieutenant Scott said. Last summer, the dismembered body of a Massachusetts businessman, Thomas Mulcahy, was dumped along the Garden State Parkway after he was murdered in New York City. Tattoo Leads Nowhere

    The police say that when a body like Tiger Lady's is found, it is either identified fairly quickly, principally by matching it with a missing-persons report, or else the victim remains unknown to the police for years as is the case with "Baby Hope," a girl whose body was found in 1991 in a picnic cooler along the Henry Hudson Parkway in northern Manhattan.

    At first, investigators for the Warren County prosecutor, John J. O'Reilly, assumed that Tiger Lady, who is about 20 years old, would be quickly identified because of the distinctive, seven-inch long tattoo that would be in plain view if she wore a skirt or shorts.

    But detectives went through 400 missing-persons' reports to no avail. A police composite sketch was drawn up, based on the remains of the woman's face, but it too produced no leads.

    Finally, in early March, Mr. O'Reilly turned to the Toronto Police, who using the woman's known weight, about 100 pounds, the tint of her skin and hair, drew a new skin over the skull, with its high cheekbones, strong jaw and narrow-set eyes. The results were strikingly different from the police artist's sketch. New Poster and Number

    The state police made a second version of the Toronto picture, showing the woman with longer, darker hair, with eyes looking ahead and with thinner lips, because lips, along with eye color, are the most uncertain elements in reconstructing a face from a skull, said the Toronto Police Constable, David Sills, who created the original. Mr. Sills said experience with the computer-generated photographs has shown them to be 80 percent accurate.

    The final cost of the Canadian police service is not yet known, Mr. O'Reilly said. "It's expensive, but worth it," he said.

    Two weeks ago, a new poster with a special toll-free number, (800) 822-LADY, was released, and about 25 calls a day come in. The pictures are being shown on a cable program that is played at truck stops, along with the description of a tractor-trailer truck, with a white cab and a green-and-white trailer that was spotted near the place where the body was later found.

    Meanwhile, Tiger Lady gazes impatiently from behind her computer-drawn eyes. Detective August Wistner of the state police was asked if the new picture made Tiger Lady more real to him, and the wish to find her real name more urgent. But Detective Wistner made it clear that the tangible evidence of Tiger Lady's murdered body was a stronger incentive to him than anything a computer can draw.

    "She's been a real person to us since the minute she was found," he said. "So we'd really like to find out who she is."

    Photos: Two computer-generated images of a woman whose body was found 18 months ago in a parking area off Interstate 80 in Warrington, N.J. (New Jersey State Police); A tattoo on the woman's left calf has given her the name by which the police know her: Tiger Lady.
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