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Thread: INDIANTOWN GAP JANE DOE , 1973, Pennsylvania

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    glitter14 INDIANTOWN GAP JANE DOE , 1973, Pennsylvania

    'Forever in the spirit of God"


    The Pennsylvania State Police
    Seeks Assistance In The Identification of these Remains.

    Date Located October 10, 1973

    LOCATION Fort Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania

    DATE OF DEATH September 1973


    CAUSE OF DEATH Undetermined; Decomposed from the waist up

    Description (ESTIMATES):

    • Estimated age: 16-20 years old
    • Approximate Height and Weight: 5'6"-5'8"
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: Light brown/blonde hair.
    • Dentals: Available
    • Clothing: Nude. No jewelry
    • Skeletal Findings: No previous fractures.
    • Fingerprints: Available
    • Dentals: Available
    • DNA: Not Available
    Case History
    Remains were not buried but covered with tree branches, brush and a 48"x32.5" piece of plastic.
    A white seal on the plastic read "National Sanitation Foundation, Testing Laboratory, Number "8505".

    Investigators
    If you have any information about this case please contact:
    Pennsylvania State Police
    610-378-4035
    You may remain anonymous when submitting information.
    Agency Case Number:
    L02-0012591
    NCIC Number:
    U-853401149
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case. Source Information:
    Pennsylvania State Police

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/609ufpa.html
    Last edited by Starless; 08-24-2010 at 11:35 AM.

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    I don't suppose anyone knows the meanin of "National Sanitation Foundation, Testing Laboratory, Number 8505" or how close it was to where this body was located, or what sort of employees they have there and who would have access to this ??
    Last edited by Starless; 07-28-2008 at 11:38 AM.

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    Got a great lead on this case today. Will post what I found later. Have better description and two sketches of her, one done by the Smithsonian and one done by State Police as well as a better description of the girl and the bags that covered her.

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    From :
    Lebanon Daily News
    Saturday, February 9, 1974






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    I emailed the NSF headquarters and requested any and all help that they could provide to us with what little we know about the seal I will post as soon as I hear from them lets hope the email address is not a dead one as it is the case with alot of them. If it is I will call them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mel36 View Post
    I emailed the NSF headquarters and requested any and all help that they could provide to us with what little we know about the seal I will post as soon as I hear from them lets hope the email address is not a dead one as it is the case with alot of them. If it is I will call them.
    Thanks Mel !! As Usual, you are awsome !!

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    Articles

    This is from the day after they found her:

    Lebanon Daily News
    Thursday Evening, October 11, 1973

    IDENTITY FIRST STEP IN MURDER MYSTERY

    What is apparently a murder mystery was today being investigated by area law enforcement officials.

    It involves the nude and severely decomposed body of a mature white female found Wednesday evening on Indiantown Gap Military Reservation land in the Green Point area.

    Dr. Leonard Tanner, Good Samaritan Hospital pathologist, was scheduled to examine the remains today in an effort to determine the identification of the woman and the cause of her death.

    TWO QUESTIONS

    District Attorney George E. Christianson said this morning :There are two questions that must be answered, the first concerns the identity of the woman and the second is how she met her death. When we learn these things, we can proceed further."

    The DA said he would not speculate on the cause of the death of the woman, but added, "There is no doubt that she was put there."

    What he meant by "put there" is the place where the body was found about 6:40 p.m. in Union Township. The find was made by Deputy Game Protectors Lloyd Pfautz and Richard Bucks, both of Lebanon.

    The two men were driving along route 443 in the Moonshine Church area when they detected a stench they thought was caused by a dead deer. As they went about 200 yards into a wooded area to investigate, they found the body.

    The body was covered with debris and a number of logs about two and a half to three inches in diameter.

    The body had been placed on the ground and covered with the debris and logs," Christianson said. He said there were no rings, jewelry or clothing on the body and none was found in the immediate area. A more thorough search of the area was scheduled for today.

    The DA said the body had apparently been there more than a week and a half. The decomposition was greatest in the upper torso and head areas. This complicates the job of identification.

    As one means of seeking to learn the identity of the woman Christianson asked area police departments to review their missing persons iles.

    MARKS NOTED

    One report said some marks were found on an arm and a leg but it was not immediately determined if these were sustained before or after death.

    Christianson said the attempt to hide the body was not a professional job. While it was substantially hidden, he said, there had been no attempt made to dig a grave.

    The DA said it was obvious that the body was that of a white female and she was fully grown, but he said, it was not the body of an elderly woman. At the same time he said he didn't want to try to pinpoint the age at this time. "I don't want to say it's the body of someone between the ages of 16 and 60, yet it almost covers this age range," he added.

    Pfautz, one of the game protectors who found the body is a City Of Lebanon fire truck driver. Bucks is employed by Hauck Manufacturing Co.

    The police investigation today was being headed by State Troopers Ronald Franzone and Carl Mindler of the Jonestown state police barracks.

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    2 Days Later:

    Lebanon Daily News
    Friday Evening, October 12, 1973

    NO CAUSE OF DEATH REVEALED

    An autopsy on Thursday failed to diclose definately the cause of the deat of the woman whose nude and badly decomposed body was found in Union Township Wednesday evening.

    District Attorney George E. Christianson this morning said the examination by Dr. Leonard M. Tanner, Good Samaritan Hospital pathologist, did result in some preliminary findings as to the age and height of the woman.

    The confirmation of the preliminary findings may be made after portions of the body are taken to the FBI crime laboratory in Washington. This transfer is scheduled to be made on Monday by Jonestown State Police and Christianson's office.

    It was also indicated by Christianson that the remains may also go to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington for skeletal study by anthropologists to help prove age and height calculations.

    CHECKING ON MISSING

    " At present time, we are checking out the whereabouts of numerous missing persons but we haven't come up with anything that will lead to the identity of the woman whose body was found," Christianson told the Daily News.

    It was pointed out that while all indications are that the woman died as a result of foul play, the cause of death must be definately established to make it a murder case.

    The DA said the scheduled FBI examination, which will include the X-Raying of bones, will seek among other things, to determine the relative time the body was placed on Indiantown Gap Military Reservation land and covered with debris and small logs.

    The body was found by two state deputy game protectors, Lloyd Pfautz and Richard Bucks, as they investigated what at first they thought to be the stench of a decaying deer.

    The location of the body was about 200 yards into a wooded area on the west side of Route 443 near The Moonshine Church.

    NO CLUES

    The body was entirely devoid of clothing , rings or identifying marks.

    The preliminary investigation indicated that the body had been there at least a week and a half. The upper part of the torso and the head showed the greatest evidence of decomposition. This complicates the job of identification.

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