Police exhume remains to ID mystery woman in ’73 cold case

LEBANON, Pa. (WHTM) – Investigators working to solve a 42-year-old mystery death have exhumed a young woman’s remains from a Lebanon County cemetery.

jane_doe_exhumedTrooper David Beohm said the remains were exhumed Tuesday at Mount Lebanon Cemetery in Lebanon. He said investigators will send the remains to the University of North Texas for tests that could help to finally identify the young woman found near Fort Indiantown Gap in October 1973.

The tests will identify minerals the woman consumed while she was alive, and that could tell police where she lived. It could be several months before the tests are completed.

Jane Fort Indiantown Gap Doe #1184545“We’ll keep the body and do a full autopsy, cameras, and all types of test we can do, and then we’ll bury the body,” Boehm said. “Back then, I don’t know that they did as complete of an autopsy as we do now.”

Game wardens investigating a reported poaching near Route 443 and Ridge Road in Union Township found the nude and badly decomposed body covered with green plastic tarps and brush.

Police don’t know how the woman died, but they believe she was between 16 and 20 years old and that her body had been hidden one to three weeks earlier.

img_19481Authorities investigating the cold case released photographs of recently completed 3D skull facial reconstruction in February. Last year, they revealed a newly created bust of the young woman.

Investigators said the photos haven’t yielded any substantial leads.

A runaway from Talbot Hall, a home for troubled youth in Jonestown, was thought to be a possible victim, but she turned out to be alive.

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