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DE TOWNSEND JANE DOE: WF, 33-63, found in Townsend, DE - 27 June 1977 - possible Henry Lee Lucas victim

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    https://identifyus.org/en/cases/2170


    Case Information
    Status Unidentified
    Case number 1977-N-0433
    Date found June 27, 1977 21:40
    Date created July 01, 2008 15:14
    Date last modified October 18, 2016 06:59
    Investigating agency
    date QA reviewed November 24, 2010 06:11

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

    Exclusions
    The following people have been ruled out as being this decedent:
    First Name Last Name Year of Birth State LKA
    Geneva Adams 1922 Missouri
    Ida Anderson 1937 Michigan
    Melanie Flynn 1952 Kentucky
    Ann Fulton 1929 New Jersey
     
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    https://identifyus.org/en/cases/2170

    NamUs UP # 2170
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    ME/C Case Number: 1977-N-0433
    New Castle County, Delaware
    33 to 63 year old White Female

    Case Report - NamUs UP # 2170
    Case Information

    Status Unidentified
    Case number 1977-N-0433
    Date found June 27, 1977 21:40
    Date created July 01, 2008 15:14
    Date last modified October 18, 2016 06:59
    Investigating agency
    date QA reviewed November 24, 2010 06:11

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

    Demographics
    Estimated age Adult - Pre 50
    Minimum age 33 years
    Maximum age 63 years
    Race White
    Ethnicity
    Sex Female
    Weight (pounds) , Cannot Estimate
    Height (inches) 63, Estimated
    Body Parts Inventory (Check all that apply)
    All parts recovered

    Body conditions
    Not recognizable - Partial skeletal parts only

    Probable year of death 1977 to 1977
    Estimated postmortem interval 6 Months

    Circumstances
    Location Found
    GPS coordinates
    Address 1 Old Union Church Rd
    Address 2 (approximately 1 mi East of Rt. 13 on County Road Rt. 456)
    City Townsend
    State Delaware
    Zip code 19734
    County New Castle
    Circumstances
    Human skeletal remains located in wooded area with high weeds/trees on Old Union Church Rd approximately 1 mile east of Rt. 13 on County Route 456, Townsend DE. Note: Law Enforcement officers, Medical Examiners and Coroners system user please refer to "circumstances" in police section for details.

    Physical
    Hair color Blond/Strawberry
    Head hair
    Blonde
    Body hair
    Blonde
    Facial hair
    N/A
    Left eye color Unknown or Missing
    Right eye color Unknown or Missing
    Eye description
    Not Known

    Medical
    Medical implants
    Foreign objects
    Skeletal findings
    Evidence victim had 2 to 3 births. Wear patterns on vertebrae suggests chronic stress in which the victim suffered periods of inflammation and bony reaction. The right second metacarpal was broken at mid-shaft. It may have resulted from a struggle.

    New Data June 2012; SUMMARY
    I have examined the remains recovered in this 1977 case, including the cranium,
    mandible, and postcranial elements. I have also reviewed the photographs from the 1977
    investigation associated with the NAMUS case documentation.

    These remains belong to a caucasoid female with an estimated age of 33-63, but probably
    near the middle of that range. The estimated skeletal stature is 5’ 2.8” to 5’ 5.6.” This
    individual exhibits significant dental pathology and attrition (see odontology report).
    Although her right upper incisors had reconstructed crowns, the left central and lateral
    incisors were missing (and the sockets had recently healed) at the time of death, these
    missing front teeth might have been noticed by others.

    She also has some skeletal anomalies that might be observed on an x-ray, even if the xray
    quality
    is
    not
    high
    enough
    to
    do an
    identification.
    These
    include
    bilateral

    enthesophytosis
    at
    the
    superior
    iliac
    crests,
    bilateral
    epipteric
    bones
    in
    the
    cranium,
    and

    unilateral
    sacralization
    of
    the
    first
    caudal
    segment.



    Staining
    seen
    on the
    inferior
    occiput
    near
    the
    foramen
    magnum
    may
    be
    hemorrhagic,

    associated
    with
    perimortem
    trauma.
    The
    right
    third
    metacarpal
    has
    a
    perimortem

    fracture.
    I cannot
    rule
    out
    that
    there
    may
    also
    be
    traumatic
    fractures
    in
    the
    mid-facial

    region;
    however,
    the
    maxilla
    dissection
    and
    facial
    reconstruction
    has
    obscured
    the

    differentiation
    of
    trauma
    from
    postmortem
    artifact.
    Additional
    details
    and
    photographic

    documentation
    from
    the
    1977 autopsy
    might
    clarify
    this
    issue.



    Based
    on the
    amount
    of
    soft
    tissue
    preservation
    seen
    in
    the
    photographs,
    my
    preliminary

    impression
    is
    that
    the
    estimated
    postmortem
    interval
    of
    about
    one
    month
    may
    be
    too
    brief

    for
    a
    wooded
    environment
    in
    early
    summer
    in
    the
    state
    of
    Delaware.
    The
    decomposition

    rate
    and
    tissue
    loss
    may
    have
    been
    slowed
    by desiccation,
    or by cooler
    temperatures;
    it

    may
    also
    have
    been
    accelerated
    by the
    activities
    of
    scavengers.
    A
    broader
    range,
    perhaps

    “two
    weeks
    to
    six
    months”
    would
    incorporate
    those
    possibilities.



    To summarize, I suggest expanding the estimated age range to 33-63, expanding the
    stature estimate to 5’ 3” to 5’ 6” and expanding the estimated postmortem interval to
    “two weeks to six months.” In addition, I suggest noting the missing left maxillary front
    teeth, which had been lost some time prior to death.
    Marcella H. Sorg, Ph.D., D-ABFA
    Forensic Anthropologist
    June 10, 2012 (see full report in documents section)

    Fingerprints
    Status: Fingerprint information is currently not available

    Clothing on body
    None
    Clothing with body
    None
    Footwear
    None
    Jewelry
    None
    Eyewear
    None

    Dental
    Status: Dental information / charting is available and entered

    DNA
    Status: Sample submitted - Tests complete
     
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    http://unidentified.wikia.com/wiki/New_Castle_County_Jane_Doe_(1977)


    Unidentified Wiki

    New Castle County Jane Doe (1977)

    New Castle County Jane Doe was a woman whose remains were located in Delaware in 1977. Some believe she was murdered by Henry Lee Lucas, who had lived near the area where the body was located.

    The victim's remains were found in a field. There was a fracture noted on one of her fingers, which suggested that she had fought back against her attacker. There was also a possibility that she suffered blunt-force trauma to her head

    Physical characteristics
    • The victim had light brown to blond hair.
    • She was likely a smoker.
    • Some of her teeth were missing, including one of her upper-front teeth.
    • She had poor-quality dental work.
    • She did not receive dental care for at least one year.
    • She had a partial denture.
    • She had gum disease.
    • She likely had around 2 - 3 children in life.
    • She had visible wear on some vertebrae, which may have caused inflammation and caused her pain



    New Castle County Jane Doe
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    Sex
    Female
    Race White
    Location Townsend, Delaware
    Found June 27, 1977
    Unidentified for 39 years
    Postmortem interval 2 weeks - 6 months
    Body condition Decomposed/Skeletal
    (Disputed)
    Age approximation 33 - 63
    Height approximation 5'2 - 5'6
    Weight approximation 90-110 pounds
    Cause of death Homicide
     
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    http://doenetwork.org/cases/132ufde.html

    The Doe Network:
    Case File 132UFDE



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    Unidentified White Female

    Located on June 27, 1977 in Townsend, New Castle County, Delaware.
    Estimated date of Death: 1 to 2 Months prior
    Partial Skeletal Remains

    Located on June 27, 1977 in Townsend, New Castle County, Delaware.Estimated date of Death: 1 to 2 Months prior
    Partial Skeletal Remains

    Vital Statistics
      • Estimated age: 35 - 50 years old
      • Approximate Height and Weight: 5'2"-5'6"; 90-110 lbs
      • Distinguishing Characteristics: Blonde hair. Thin build. She had given birth to at least two to three children during her lifetime. Scar on right buttock.
      • Clothing: None located
      • Skeletal Findings: Wear patterns on vertebrae suggests chronic stress in which the victim suffered periods of inflammation and bony reaction. The right second metacarpal was broken at mid-shaft. It may have resulted from a struggle.
      • Fingerprints: Not available
      • Dentals: Charts and x-rays available. Amalgam fillings #3, 5, 7, 11, 12, 14, 15 in upper jaw, 21, 28, 30, in lower jaw. Evidence of heavy accumulation of tar, old extraction in lower jaw, removable appliance in upper jaw, and gum disease. Work is of poor quality. Individual had not seen a dentist for at least 1 or more years prior to her death.
      • DNA: Available

    Case History
    On June 27, 1977, County Police detectives responded to a rural area outside of Townsend, Delaware after skeletal remains were found in an open field. The unidentified woman was a homicide victim.
    It was discovered that Serial-killer Henry Lee Lucas lived in Elkton, Maryland, which is very close to the area where the remains were found. Investigators also found that writings Lucas made while he was serving time in a Texas prison have many similarities to the crime scene and information that was developed.
    It was also discovered that Henry Lucas claimed to have brought a female from Michigan to Delaware and left her body here. In 1983, Lucas confessed to killing 6 women in Delaware, but he later recanted.
    No local leads were ever developed making investigators believe that the victim may in fact be from the Michigan area.

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    Teeth

    Investigators
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    New Castle County Police
    Major Jim Hedrick
    302-395-8015
    OR
    Delaware Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
    Hal Brown
    302-577-3420
    Email

    You may remain anonymous when submitting information to any agency.

    Agency Case Numbers:
    32-77-40780
    DE0020300
    77-433

    Source Information:
    New Castle County Police
    Namus
     
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_..._the_United_States#New_Castle_County_Jane_Doe

    Delaware
    New Castle County Jane Doe

    A possible victim of Henry Lee Lucas was found in a field in Townsend, New Castle County, Delaware on June 27, 1977. Examination of the bones concluded that she was a middle aged woman, the mother of approximately two children and had various dental problems, as well as a spinal condition, at the age of thirty-five to fifty. Her dental problems may have been due to smoking, as a large amount of tar was found in her mouth, which also had a removable plate and many fillings. Despite the various types of dental work, the quality of the procedures was of fairly low quality. One of the bones of one of her right fingers was broken, possibly from defending herself from the killer. She may have been native to Michigan, which has led investigators to believe that Lucas had been involved, as he had given statements in prison describing a similar crime scene as well as claiming he had murdered a Michigan woman in the same area
     
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    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0524150/bio

    Henry Lee Lucas
    Biography

    23 August 1936, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA
    Date of Death 12 March 2001, Huntsville, Texas, USA (apparent heart failure)
    Nicknames The Deadly Drifter
    The Confession Killer

    An unwanted child born to a destitute family in Blacksburg, Virginia, Henry Lee Lucas' mother, 41-year-old Viola, turned tricks in their dirt floor cabin in front of the family. She hated her new son from the time he was born and continually abused him. Her husband Anderson, who had lost his legs in a railroad accident, was also constantly subjected to Viola's violence, but Henry, being a child, got the worst of it. Anderson eventually committed suicide by sleeping outside in the snow when he could no longer bear it, Viola entertaining another trick in his home; he contracted pneumonia and shuffled off this mortal coil. Henry, thus, bore the full focus of Viola's wrath after his pappy's unseasonable demise.

    When Henry entered school in 1943, Viola in her meanness deliberately dressed him as a girl, even going so far to coif his hair into sausage curls, then sent him off to the schoolhouse, all dolled up, albeit barefoot. Not only forced to face the antagonism of his boy schoolmates as he attended to his education in such unlikely duds, he also had to face Viola's wrath when a teacher, pitying the lad, bought young Lucas a pair of shoes. Viola beat her son for accepting charity. This charmless woman killed any animals that her son tried to keep as a pet, and denied him medical attention when he cut his eye with a knife, leading to its surgical removal.

    Viola once beat Henry with a a piece of lumber that put him in a coma, off and on, for three days. Viola's live-in lover, familiarly known as "Uncle Bernie," eventually took the Lucas lad to the hospital. In the demerit column, Uncle Bernie introduced Lucas to the joys of bestiality, teaching the boy how to kill hapless and unhappy animals after they had been tortured and sexually abused.

    In March 1951, the 15-year-old Henry Lee Lucas picked up a 17-year old girl near Lynchburg, Virginia, propositioned her, then strangled her when she resisted the advances of this loathsome Lothario. He buried the corpse in the woods near Harrisburg, Virginia. (Lucas confessed to the murder in 1983.) Three years later, he was sent to prison for six years, convicted of the crime of burglary. Lucas escaped from prison twice in 1957, but was caught each time.

    On September 2, 1959, he was released from prison and moved in with his sister in Tecumseh, Michigan, but his now-elderly mother demanded that he return with her to Blacksburg. It was there, on the night of January 11, 1960, that an intoxicated Viola struck her likewise intoxicated son with a broom and was stabbed to death for her transgression against his person. After his arrest, Lucas confessed that he had sexually assaulted his mother's corpse, though he soon recanted, a pattern of behavior that was a harbinger of things to come.

    Henry Lee Lucas was sentenced to 20-40 years in prison for the killing of Viola and was clapped in the hoosegow in March 1960. He was soon transferred to the state hospital for the criminally insane, where he remained for six years. Paroled on June 3, 1970, he moved in with his relatives in Tecumseh. However, he ran afoul of the law in December 1971, charged with molesting two teenage girls, a charge later reduced to simple kidnapping. Sent to the state penitentiary, he was paroled in August 1975, over his own objections. Employed by a Pennsylvania mushroom farm, he married his cousin's widow in December of that year. They moved to Maryland, but they broke up, his wife eventually divorcing him in the summer of 1977, claiming that he had molested her daughters by a previous marriage.

    Cast out, Henry Lee Lucas became a drifter, roaming throughout the South, allegedly killing female hitch-hikers as he moseyed along Interstate 35 in the Lonestar state of Texas. Fatefully, the 40-year old, one-eyed bisexual met the 29-year-old homosexual drifter Ottis Toole in a Florida soup kitchen in late 1976.

    They hit it off immediately, becoming lovers and boon traveling companions; whether they actually were serial killers together is still clouded in mystery, though it likely is true.

    In 1978, Toole and Lucas moved in with Toole's mother and sister in Jacksonville. Lucas fell in love with Toole's 10-year old female cousin, Frieda "Becky" Powell, whom he eventually adopted and lived with as husband and wife. But that lay in the future. Toole and Lucas went to work for a local roofing company, but they often missed work as they frequently went back on the road, two men born to ramble, spreading their version of hell along the highways and by-ways of America.

    In 1981, Toole's mother and sister died within a few months of each other, and Becky and Frank were placed in juvenile homes. Returning to Jacksonville, Lucas helped obtain their release, and Becky and her brother Frank were taken on the road by the Henry Lee and Uncle Ottis, where they were exposed to the depravity of their murderous traveling show. It was at this time that Becky, Ottis Toole's niece, became the common-law wife of Lucas, who was over 30 years her senior. When child welfare authorities launched a search for Becky and Frank in January 1982, Becky fled to California with Lucas. Her brother Frank eventually wound up in a psychiatric facility in 1983 after bearing witness to the the brutality of his uncle and "brother-in-law."
     
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    continued...

    From California, Lucas and Becky made it to Texas, winding up in the All People's House of Prayer, a religious commune outside of Stoneburg, Texas. But Becky was homesick, and in August 1982, this odd couple, husband and wife, were on the road again, hitchhiking, returning to Florida. On the night of August 23rd, in Denton County, Texas, the unlikely pair of lovers had an argument, and Becky slapped Lucas. As he had done 22 years earlier, Henry Lee reacted with a knife. He stabbed his young common-law bride to death. He then dismembered her corpse before returning to Stoneburg,

    Lucas' story about Becky's disappearance was that she had vamoosed with a passing truck driver. Three weeks later, Lucas turned up missing the day after the disappearance of a local, Kate "Granny" Rich, an octogenarian. Lucas' car was found abandoned in Needles, California, less than a week later, on September 21st, then Lucas showed up again in Stonesburg on October 18th, the day after Rich's home was destroyed by a mysterious fire. The police arrested Lucas on a fugitive warrant from Maryland, but he was soon released.

    Eventually, Lucas was jailed after returning to Stoneburg on June 11, 1983, arrested as he was an ex-convict who possessed a handgun. Lucas was remorseful for his murder of Becky, and had returned to the field where he had scattered her body parts to commune with the soul of his beloved. On the night of June 15th, Lucas summoned the jailer and offered a confession to expiate his sins: "I've done some bad things," he began.

    Henry Lee Lucas confessed to the murder of Granny Rich, commenting that "he had killed at least a hundred more." For a year and a half, Lucas confessed to multiple murders.

    At first, Lucas estimated he had killed 75 to 100 people, then he boosted the body-count to between 150 and 360, eventually reaching the 500 to 600 range when he factored in killings by his friends. Lucas implicated his erstwhile pal Ottis Toole in many of the murders, furthermore claiming that he and Toole had committed many murders as a hit-squad directed by a Satanic cult, "The Hand of Death," that Toole had introduced him to. A cannibal, Toole sometimes ate the flesh of their victims, although Lucas didn't join him in his insalubrious repast.

    Toole, who was serving time on a Florida arson charge, didn't mind being implicated in mass murder by his former lover. In fact, he offered confessions of his own. By October 1983, police were sure that Toole and Lucas had committed at least 69 killings, which they announced at a press conference. The number was increased to 81 at a January 1984 press conference, and by March 1985, 90 murders had been attributed to Lucas in 20 states, and he and Toole were credited with a further 108 killings. Police would eventually claim over 200 murders were solved due to Lucas' confessions, as Lucas was taken to various states and had his memory prodded about unsolved killings.

    At his trial, Lucas took responsibility for over 600 murders. He even claimed to have supplied People's Temple stalwart Jim Jones with the cyanide to effect the Guyana massacre. Ottis Toole, now on Florida's Death Row for murder, corroborated much of Lucas' confession, including his claims to have committed hundreds of murders, singly and as a duo.

    Henry Lee Lucas eventually recanted his confessions, claiming that he was only trying to improve his living conditions in jail. He eventually claimed he only killed one person, his mother. Because of significant doubt as to Lucas' guilt, his death sentences were commuted to life in prison by Governor George W. Bush; it was the sole death sentence ever vacated by the then-governor, and allowed Henry Lee Lucas to die a peaceful death in prison. There were too many contradictions in Lucas' confessions which may have led to the re-opening of cases, so he could not be executed.

    - IMDb Mini Biography By: Jon C. Hopwood
     
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  15. Brenda Cheslock

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    Looking over the information posted and it seems the detailed report of the condition of the body is no longer viewable. I was going to ask how was this information found, but I found all but the report. Anyone know why they might have removed the document?
     
  16. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    It depends on if the link is broken, or the site changed, etc. Which document are you referring to?
     
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  17. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

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  18. Akoya

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    I have checked all urls on this thread. They are all working links.
     
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  19. Brenda Cheslock

    Brenda Cheslock New Member

    The link still works, but the document is removed. It's the report by Marcella Sorg Ph. D. forensic anthropologist. It's 16th post above here.
     
  20. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Not sure why it would have been removed. In the new Namus system, some documents or information that used to be available are no longer available for public view. That may be the case here.
     
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