Police continue work to ID woman in 40-year-old mystery death

LEBANON, Pa. (WHTM) – State police on Friday showed ABC 27 News the grave of a mystery woman who was found dead more than 40 years ago.

She is buried in the Mount Lebanon Cemetery, which is off Maple Street in Lebanon. Troopers said she was found off Route 443 near Fort Indiantown Gap.

Earlier this month, troopers revealed a name that kept coming up in their search was Besty Langhjar, a runaway from a local girls home.

“I was able to make contact with Betsy,” Trooper Nathan Trate said. “I spoke to her and actually confirmed it was Betsy Langhjar.”

Trate said his investigation now essentially starts all over again. He said state police still aren’t sure how the woman died.

Troopers still have a bust of what they think the woman looked like.

Trate told ABC 27 News he has four or five good leads. He said he’s also working to check names off the country-wide missing persons database.

“There’s a few possibilities throughout the country and I’ve been in contact with multiple police departments throughout the country,” he said.

Trate said while the name of the girl is still a mystery, he still feels strongly about one day solving the case.

“I’m 38 years old,” he said. “I’m old enough to be her dad. I can’t imagine a kid just disappearing without someone not caring about it.”

State police hope to get a better picture of what the woman looks like using the help of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

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