It’s one of New Hampshire’s most mysterious cold cases.
In 1985, the bodies of a woman and a child were found in a metal barrel near Bear Brook State Park. Fifteen years later, another barrel containing the bodies of two other girls was found near the same location.
Investigators believe that the all four victims were killed between 1980 and 1984. Two of them were killed by blunt force trauma; investigators haven’t determined the cause of death for the other two.
But who were these girls? And why hasn’t anyone ever come forward to report them missing?
On Tuesday, representatives from the Attorney General’s office, the FBI, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Allenstown Police Department released updated sketches of the victims, hoping that someone will be able to identify them.
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Investigators say that the woman, the only adult of the bunch, was white, in her mid 20s, and somewhere between 5’2″ and 5’8″ tall. She had wavy hair, which was either light brown or blonde. She had three dental fillings. She was related to two of the girls, according to DNA analysis.
One of the related girls was about 2 or 3 years old with light brown hair and a gap between her front teeth. The other girl was about 9 or 10 years old. She was 4’3″ with light brown hair.
Investigators say that the woman was probably the mother of the girls, although she could have been their aunt.
The third girl was not maternally related to the woman. She was about 4 years old. She was between 3’3″ and 3’9″ tall, and she had an overbite that might have been noticeable. Investigators say that she could have been a half sister or cousin to the other girls.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children conducted tests on the remains, hopefully shedding light on the last few months of the victims’ lives.
Investigators believe that all the victims were born in the United States. Based on hair, bone and dental testing, it appears that the women and the two related girls were from the Northeastern U.S., while the middle child likely grew up around Nebraska or the Dakotas. All four victims likely lived in the northeast for the last few weeks of their lives.
Anyone with information about these victims should contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST, or contact the state cold case unit at firstname.lastname@example.org.