Woman, 3 girls found dead in barrels; new sketches, info released

Investigators Release New Forensic Clues in Killing of Woman, Girls

CONCORD, N.H. (WCVB) -- Investigators are hopeful updated sketches and information about an unidentified woman and three children whose bodies were found in barrels in 1985 and 2000 will finally solve an Allenstown, New Hampshire, cold case.

Representatives from the Attorney General's office, state police, the FBI, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Allenstown Police Department said the bodies are that of a woman, two children the woman is related to and another child.

The bodies were found in two metal drums near Bear Brook State Park. A barrel containing the woman and the oldest child was found in 1985; the barrel containing the other two children was found in 2000. It is believed the victims were killed between 1980 and 1984.

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Private labs, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Florida Institute of Forensic Anthropology conducted tests on the remains, giving investigators new information about the victims and where they lived.

Investigators said the woman, described as white, in her mid-20s, about 5 feet 2 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, with wavy light brown or blonde hair and three dental fillings, is maternally-related to two of the girls.

One girl is described as white, 2 to 3 years old with light or blonde hair and a gap between her front teeth. The other girl related to the woman is white, 9 to 10 years old, about 4 feet 3 inches tall with light brown hair.

Investigators said it is likely the woman is the mother of the two children, but it is also possible the woman was their maternal aunt.

A third girl, who is not maternally-related to the woman, is white, 3 to 4 years old, about 3 feet 3 inches to 3 feet 9 inches tall with an overbite that may have been noticeable.

Although the middle child was not maternally related to the others, it is possible she was a half-sister of the other girls or a paternally-related cousin.

Investigators said they believe all the victims were born in the U.S., and the related victims could be from New Hampshire or the northeast corridor, which stretches from Maine to Pennsylvania. The middle child likely grew up around the Dakotas or Nebraska.

Investigators said based on hair, bone and dental testing, it appears the woman and all the children lived in the northeast corridor of the U.S. in the last two weeks to three months of their lives.

Investigators said two of the victims died of blunt force trauma, but did not say how they believe the other two victims died.

Anyone with information is asked to call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST, or contact the state cold case unit at coldcaseunit@dos.nh.gov.

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