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    I didn't realize they didn't have an estimated height and weight listed for her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starless View Post
    I didn't realize they didn't have an estimated height and weight listed for her.
    Other than Chunky or size 14-16, which is probably more like a 12-14 in today's clothes...

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    Default Re: Unidentified Female, Located 1978, Massachusetts

    Lostnmissing updated their website it looks like. I erased my old post. This is the new link and it has a nice photo of her grave marker.

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    Last edited by Starless; 07-12-2010 at 08:38 PM.

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    Daily Hampshire Gazette (Northampton, MA)
    June 17, 1998
    Section: News
    Page: 11

    Index Terms:
    06-17 11 grave

    A final resting place, 20-year-old murder case goes unsolved;
    Granby tries to raise funds for grave marker

    Article Text:
    GRANBY - The grave of an unidentified murder victim found in Granby nearly 20 years ago is marked by a white wooden cross that simply reads: Unknown Girl.

    Now the Commissioners of Burial Grounds in Granby want to mark her final resting place with something more permanent, more poignant.
    Her initial resting place off Amherst Street near the intersection with Route 116 was a grisly scene. She was shot in the temple, shoved under a log and left to rot. Her decomposed body was found Nov. 15, 1978, by loggers working in the area.
    Police never learned her name, never identified her killer. State police refused to release records of the case because, according to their lawyer, it is still an open and ongoing case. The officer who investigated the case retired several years ago.
    "She probably was not from the area," said Granby police detective David Trompke. "Otherwise, I'm sure she would have been identified."
    She was wearing jeans and a short-sleeve, polka-dot blouse with a swan embroidered on the back, Trompke said, which are among the few clues to her identity.
    According to newspaper reports from that time, state police said an autopsy revealed that the woman had been dead three to 12 months, was white, with long brown hair, and between 19 and 26 years old.
    She had a "chunky build," size 14-16, and her front teeth were noticeably decayed.
    In addition to the swan blouse, according to newspapers, she was wearing vinyl wedgie-style shoes, a blue tank top and a black windbreaker. A brown leather belt found around her neck was used to drag the body to its original shallow grave.
    Inquiries were made at local colleges, papers reported, as Route 116 is and was often used by college students hitchhiking or traveling between Mount Holyoke College, in South Hadley and Amherst-area colleges, but no women were reported missing.
    Police asked for the public's help in the first week of January, 1979, after the lone lead in the case did not pan out, newspapers said. A motel operator had reported that a woman answering the description stayed at his establishment in early 1978 but she was located alive and well.
    DNA tests would not be useful, Trompke said, because scientists need to compare the results to another sample, perhaps of a direct relative, and police have no idea where to look.
    Tony Regan found out about the unmarked grave when he became a cemetery commissioner five years ago. He made the white cross that stands at her West Street Cemetery grave and decorates it each Christmas and spring. Others people occasionally leave flowers, he said, but he does not know who.
    Now Regan and fellow commissioner Robert Kingsley are trying to raise money to place a permanent stone marker there.
    It will cost about $300, Regan said. If they raise enough money they might have the stone inscribed with an epitaph, he said, or a poem, to remind those who see it that that life, no matter how short or anonymous, is precious.
    "So she isn't completely forgotten," Regan said. "She had a mother and father."

    Tony Regan, a commissioner at West Street Cemetery in Granby, kneels next to the grave of an unknown girl whose body was found in Nov. 15, 1978. Commissioners are trying to raise money for a gravestone.

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    Daily Hampshire Gazette (Northampton, MA)
    September 26, 1998
    Section: News
    Page: 16

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    09-26 16

    Stone, service in Granby honor unknown victim

    Article Text:
    GRANBY - A memorial service was held Thursday to mark the placement of a stone at the grave of a murder victim, dead for 20 years and never identified.

    More than two-dozen people attended the service at the West Street Cemetery for the woman, said to be in her 20s. The stone was paid for with donations.
    The ceremony was led by the Rev. Merrilyn Holcomb, pastor of the Granby United Church of Christ.
    "I knew there were compassionate people in this town," Holcomb said to those assembled. "Your presence, these flowers, this stone attest to that."
    "A stone has been tenderly placed before us today," Holcomb said. "It is beautiful and sturdy, an everlasting symbol of this community's care for an unnamed woman whose hopes and dreams, troubles and anxieties, are not known to us."
    "We do not know the tragedy of her death and we do not know about her life, but we can honor her as a person and hope she is in God's care," she said.
    Cemetery commissioners Robert Kingsley and Anthony Regan decided earlier this year to put a stone at the grave and began collecting money in May. Once the story was publicized, Regan said, they received more donations than they needed.
    "I thought it might be kind of a chore, but people were really kind," Kingsley said.
    "I had three people who wanted to buy me any stone we wanted, but I said no, because we already had so many donations we had to turn people away," Regan said. They collected a total of $700.
    The pink granite stone that reads "Unknown; Nov. 18, 1978; In God's Care," was received from the Amherst Monument Co, in Hadley, for about $500.
    "They wanted to give it to me, but I said no," Regan said.
    "We're saving the rest of the money to buy her some flowers occasionally," he said.
    The date on the stone marks the woman's interment. She is thought to have died three to 12 months earlier.
    Her body was found by loggers in November 1978. She had been shot in the temple and shoved under a log off Amherst Street. State Police searched for clues to her identity and that of her killer, but never really had any solid leads, according to newspaper reports at the time.
    Police asked for the public's help in January 1979 and described the victim as 19 to 26 years old, white, with long brown hair and a chunky build. State Police refused to discuss the case earlier this year, calling it an open and ongoing investigation.

    The Rev. Merrilyn Holcomb, pastor of the Granby United Church of Christ, led a ceremony at the grave of an unknown murder victim Thursday.

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    Compilation Description : Stuff from all the articles.

    Located November 15, 1978
    Victim was mostly skeletal
    white female
    long, brown hair
    between 19 and 26 years old
    She was wearing jeans, a short-sleeved polka dot shirt with a swan embroidered on it with a
    green collar.Vinyl wedgie-style shoes, a blue tank top and a black windbreaker. There was
    jewelry present and she had a magnet in her pocket,

    The victim was found 600 to 700 feet off amherst street in granby, Massachusetts, halfway
    between Five Corners in Granby and the route 116 Notch, near a gravel pit in a heavily
    wooded area. Her body was in a shallow grave beneath a log.

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    Default Re: Unidentified Female, Located 1978, Massachusetts

    This is Swan Jane Doe's Headtone and grave:
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    Sunday Republican (Springfield, MA)
    November 2, 1997
    Edition: ALL EDITIONS
    Section: NEWS
    Page: A1

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    Anonymous victims spur sympathy, confound police
    Author: NANCY FOLEY

    Correction: FOCUS

    Article Text:
    Strangers still leave flowers on the grave of a mystery woman buried at Oak Grove Cemetery in Springfield.
    "KNOWN ONLY TO GOD" is her epitaph. She was found frozen to death on a train in Palmer in 1991.
    The words "unidentified girl" are scribbled on a white cross at West Cemetery in Granby for a young woman found shot to death in the woods off Amherst Road in 1978.
    Strangers also leave flowers on her grave.
    Jane and John Does often touch the hearts of strangers. They make us wonder how anyone can be so alone that no seems to miss them.
    But they frustrate police, who spend years trying to find out who they are.
    Police are amazed no one has filed a missing person report for the woman found dead in Tolland State Forest on Oct. 6, 1995.
    "We have nothing, absolutely nothing," said Trooper Peter J. Konstantakos of the state police Crime Prevention and Control unit at the Hampden County District Attorney's office.
    Authorities believe the woman, thought to have been between the ages of 30 and 45, was shot in the same area where her body was found - near a station where campers dispose of trash and sewage.
    An FBI computer still checks missing person reports around the country for any that match her description. The computer has spit out a few possible matches, but none have panned out when police investigated.
    An FBI data bank found no matches for her fingerprints either, indicating she probably had never been arrested.
    Dental records are of no help at this point in the investigation. They can only be used to confirm identity when police have a good idea who a person is, Konstantakos said.
    Police sent the woman's skull to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., where it was used to generate a computer image of what she looked like. Her body remains at the state medical examiner's office in Boston, police said.
    State police even asked the television program "Unsolved Mysteries" to air a segment on the case, but they were turned down, Konstantakos said.
    Timothy W. Rogan, coordinating producer of Unsolved Mysteries, said that a number of Doe cases have been featured on the show in the 10 years it has been on the air. Not one has been solved.
    "Unfortunately, we have a limited amount of airtime so we have decided to focus on stories where we think there's a better chance of advancing a case for the authorities," Rogan said.
    Authorities still are hoping for a break in the most recent Jane Doe case in Western Massachusetts: a baby girl found dead in a field in Ware April 14, 1996.
    Investigators never determined the exact cause of death because her body was so badly deteriorated. It may have been there as long as three months.
    Police sought the public's help in identifying women who appeared pregnant but then had no child, according to Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Maureen E. Walsh. "Nothing has surfaced yet. That's why it is still open," she said.
    But the baby was laid to rest a few months after being found. According to police, it is not always necessary to preserve a body to preserve evidence. That can be done through photographs, X-rays and blood and tissue samples.
    After hearing about the baby through the media, the Rev. Edward T. Fitzgerald, pastor of All Saints Church, 17 North St., Ware, contacted police and offered to bury the baby at St. William's Cemetery.
    One hundred and fifty people came to the special Mass for the baby, who is called "Little Angel" by many townspeople.
    Fitzgerald said Charbonneau Funeral Home, 30 Pleasant St., Ware, donated a casket, and Masse Memorials, 228 Palmer Road, Ware, donated a marker depicting two child angels kneeling in prayer.
    "People are still leaving flowers," Fitzgerald said.
    In Holyoke, the funeral of another unidentified baby girl was arranged by a citizen, Galen Woodward, who first heard about the case on his police scanner. Woodward contacted friends at Messier Funeral Home, and a funeral was arranged for the newborn found in March 1992 in a brown paper bag at the bottom of a steep hill off Brown Avenue.
    About 60 mourners brought flowers and teddy bears to the service at Calvary Cemetery in June 1992.
    "It's good to think she's still being thought of," Sgt. Michael McMullen said when a reporter contacted him about the case.
    McMullen was there the night police used ropes to climb down the hill to retrieve the body from amid the trash routinely dumped there.
    The baby had been dead at least a week. Decomposition and attacks by animals made it difficult to determine exactly how she died. But an autopsy did reveal that she had drawn a first breath, so the death was ruled a homicide.
    Information poured in from the public, and police developed several suspects, but no conclusive evidence, McMullen said.
    Detectives think the mother may have been an overweight teen-ager, whose pregnancy did not show. She may have disposed of the baby to keep her parents from finding out.
    Police are reasonably certain they know the story behind the death of the young woman found frozen to death on a train in Palmer on Jan. 15, 1991. Although she has never been identified, police believe she was an illegal immigrant from Mexico who hopped on a train in Texas.
    As the train headed north through a snowstorm, snow fell in through an opening in the top of the boxcar. She had no identification, only three pesos in her pocket.
    As in the other Doe cases, strangers came forth to remember the woman.
    The Sisters of St. Joseph named the woman Esperanza (Spanish for hope) and wrote the inscription for the grave marker: "ESPERANZA. Known only to God. Found Jan. 15, 1991. Buried March 21, 1991. Descanse En Paz (Rest in Peace).
    "She's definitely a member of our family," Sister Mary McGeer said.
    The nun still visits the grave at least once a month and finds flowers and pennies left by strangers.
    At the memorial services that the Sisters of St. Joseph hold each year for the woman, pennies are used to symbolize the pesos found in the woman's pocket. On a clear day in the middle of September, 10 pennies and a dozen purple flowers were on the grave.
    For many years, the woman found shot to death in Granby in 1978 had no marker at all on her grave. That changed a few years ago when Tony Regan became a Cemetery Commissioner. After discovering in the books that an unidentified woman was buried in the cemetery, he stuck the white cross in the ground. That is when strangers began to leave flowers.
    Cases of Unidentified Bodies in Western Massachusetts in the Last 20 Years:
    Ware, April, 14, 1996: A baby girl was nicknamed "Little Angel" by townspeople after she was found abandoned in a field on Babcock Tavern Road. The body may have been in the field for up to three months, according to police. She was wrapped in a yellow blanket with a distinctive Aztec print. The exact cause of death was never determined.
    Tolland, Oct. 6, 1995: The body of a woman who had been shot to death was found in Tolland State Forest. She was between the ages of 30 and 45, weighed 120 to 140 pounds and was 5 feet 3 inches tall. The homicide took place in the same area where the body was found, according to police. The woman's skull was sent to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., where a computer generated an image of what she looked like.
    Holyoke, March 1, 1992: Children found the body of a newborn baby girl in a brown paper bag on a steep hillside off Brown Avenue. The body was near a tree and surrounded by trash. Authorities ruled the death a homicide, because they were able to determine if the baby drew a first breath.
    West Springfield, Aug. 27, 1991: The badly decomposed body of a white man in his mid-20s was pulled from the Westfield River after it was spotted by two fishermen. The body was so badly decomposed it was difficult at first to determine if it was a man or a woman. Authorities ruled out foul play. They believe the man either fell in the river accidentally or committed suicide.
    Palmer, Jan. 15, 1991: A young Mexican woman's search for a better life ended in tragedy when she was found frozen to death on a train. Police believe she was an illegal immigrant who jumped on a train in Texas. As the train moved north through a snowstorm, snow fell into the boxcar through the open roof. She carried no identification and only three Mexican pesos in her pocket.
    Warwick, June 24, 1988: Legs, arms and a torso were found near a rest stop off Route 78 about 1.5 miles north of Warwick center and about one mile south of New Hampshire. The corpse was badly decomposed, but anthropologists at the University of Massachusetts determined it was a middle-aged white woman, about 5 feet 5 inches tall and robust.
    Granby, Nov. 15, 1978: A young woman with blonde or light brown hair had been shot once in the left temple and buried in a shallow grave in remote woods about one-eighth of a mile off Amherst Road and about a half-mile south of Route 116. She had been dead three months to a year before her body was found.
    @(COLOR PHOTO) The Sisters of St. Joseph named the unidentified woman found dead in a boxcar in Palmer in 1991 Esperanza, Spanish for hope. Her marker is in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Springfield.
    (PHOTO - Page A20) Sister Mary McGeer of the Sisters of St. Joseph clears debris off the gravestone of a woman identified only as Esperanza, whose body was found in a boxcar in Palmer in 1991. Strangers often leave flowers at the site.
    (PHOTOS 2 & 3 - Page A20) Above is an artist's sketch of an unidentified woman who was found in the Tolland State Forest in 1995. At right, is the sweat shirt worn by the still-unknown woman. The word "Trends" is stitched in a diamond on the left chest area.
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