In Allenstown, New Hampshire, sat a gravestone that read: “Here lies the mortal remains known only to God of a woman aged 23-33 and a girl child aged 8-10. Their slain bodies were found on November 10th, 1985, in Bear Brook State Park. May their souls find peace in God’s loving care.”
For thirty-four years, it marked the burial site of two female victims, found brutally murdered and concealed in a fifty-five gallon drum. Until one day, DNA evidence submitted to a family tracing website finally helped police hunt down not only the victim’s identity but the identity of their ruthless killer too.
Discovery in Bear Brook State Park
On November 10, 1985, a hunter was passing through Bear Brook State Park. The large, heavily-wooded piece of land was located in Allenstown, New Hampshire. A small community of around four thousand people, over half the town’s acreage was taken up by the park. It was early deer season, and numerous residents were out and about, hoping for a successful hunt. One man got much more than he bargained for, however.
Shuffling through the fallen leaves and dry brush, he approached a fifty-five gallon drum lying on its side. It was disheartening to see such trash discarded in the natural landscape. As he got closer to the container, he noticed smaller articles of garbage scattered around the barrel. Spilling out from within it was a larger bundle meticulously wrapped in plastic. The form was rather odd, prompting the hunter to take a closer look. As he peeled back the layers of what appeared to be a garbage bag, he was met with a startling sight – human remains.