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Unidentified Female

  • Date of Discovery: April 28, 1979
  • Location of Discovery: Newark, Essex County, New Jersey
  • Estimated Date of Death: 6 months prior
  • State of Remains: Not recognizable - Decomposing/putrefaction
  • Cause of Death: Homicide
  • Physical Description
    ** Listed information is approximate

  • Estimated Age: 17-20 years old (Estimated year of birth is 1959-1962)
  • Race: Black
  • Gender: Female
  • Height: 5'2" to 5'5"
  • Weight: Unknown
  • Hair Color: Black
  • Eye Color: Unknown
  • Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown
  • Dentals: Available. Deciduous (baby) tooth present. Mandible not recovered.
  • Fingerprints: Not available.
  • DNA: Not available.
  • Clothing & Personal Items
  • Clothing: Heavy Sears brown bell bottom pants (size 7, waist 24 inches, length 41 inches), panties (size medium), and an orange Jacques Moret swimsuit or body suit (size small).
  • Jewelry: Ankle bracelet (thin metal loop, with tension closure) and a 6" gold necklace.
  • Additional Personal Items: Unknown
  • Case History

    The victim's headless body was discovered under the porch of an abandoned house in Newark. It is believed the victim was decapitated after she died. She had been stabbed at least eight times and her hands and feet had been bound.

    Eleven years later in November 1990, the skull was found. The skull was discovered under tons of rubble by construction workers in a rowhouse in North Camden, about a block away from the Newark location. The rowhouse had been vacant for several years.

    Forensic experts determined the skull and body were from the same person. She may have possibly been homeless and may have been from the Delaware Valley area.

    In 1991, a forensic reconstruction of the victim was completed but is currently unavailable.

    Investigating Agency(s)
    If you have any information about this case please contact;

  • Agency Name: New Jersey State Police
  • Agency Contact Person: N/A
  • Agency Phone Number: 800-709-7090
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  • Agency Name: Camden County Medical Examiner's Office
  • Agency Contact Person: N/A
  • Agency Phone Number: 856-384-6910
  • Agency Name: Camden County Prosecutor's Office
  • Agency Contact Person: N/A
  • Agency Phone Number: 856-225-8400

  • Agency Case Number: ME: A-79-15; LE: 79-27323 or 90-11-28-158
  • NCIC Case Number: U160046194
  • NamUs Case Number: UP #1693
  • Former Hot Case Number: 927
  • Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Information Source(s)
  • NamUs
  • New Jersey State Police
  • The Press of Atlantic City News Archive

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    Last Updated: 7/16/13 - By: DD / Hot Case Coordinator


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