Estimated Weight: 120 lbs, slim build, petite (based on how belt was cinched and size of watchband).
Hair Color: Light Brown, about 3" long
Eye Color: unknown
Clothing: Dark blue or black think long-sleeved sweater with large white buttons, labeled Benetton, size XL;
light colored pullover, long-sleeved shirt, made of lightweight material with pleats up the front, 5 buttons up the front and a small collar;
white vinyl belt.
Accessories: Digital sport type wrist watch with a small face and an orange, pink and yellow wristband;
gray metal rings without stones;
small object, possibly a plastic broach/pin in the shape of a dolphin;
cylindrical metallic structure 4.5" in length & 3/32" in diameter.
State of Remains: partial skeletal. No previous fractures found in the recovered remains.
Estimated Time of Death: a year prior to being found
On Wednesday, June 3, 1992 the skeletal remains of this unknown woman were found in a field on Christman's Farm in Windsor Twp, about halfway between Virginville and Lenhartsville in Berks County. The farmer, plowing a field, unearthed the remains from a shallow grave, about 10 yards from Christman Road.
What the Locals Remember
In April 2005, thirteen years after "Jane Doe" was found, a good friend of this site's owner went to the Lenhartsville area to visit the site where her body was discovered. While there, she was fortunate enough to meet those who had found the remains and witnessed their removal. The recollections and photos gathered during the visit are not to dispute or conflict with official accounts but are being added here simply because even the smallest detail may be the one that helps to give this woman back her name and, finally, send her home.
The exact location is about 3.5 miles from the Lenhartsville exit off of Route 78. It's only about 2 turns to get there. The body was found approximately 50 feet from the road. There was a spot to pull off and a clearing that lead to the field. The field itself was shielded slighty with brush. It was a cornfield that was being readied to plant soybeans.
The farmer stated that the body was not in the field when he pulled the corn out. Pulling corn leaves gullies. That is where the woman's body was, in a gully and partially covered. While plowing the field, the farmer hit the body with his plow and the head rolled towards the road. The head was skeletal but the body was not completely skeletal, indicating that the body had been buried deeper in the soil.
October would have been around the time the farmer pulled the corn which would place the estimated time of death at around 8 months prior to her being found.
The woman would have been of childbearing age since remnants of an IUD were found and it was a type given to women who had already borne a child.
The word going around at the time was that the woman was in her 20s or 30s.
The hair on the scalp was very short and appeared more "dirty blonde", possibly dyed, rather than brown.
The locals state wadding and shells were found at the scene and the body appeared to have a hole in the back. Official reports say cause of death is undetermined.
Locals say the cylindrical object might have been part of a collapsible umbrella.
There are mushroom houses that employ immigrant workers about 2 miles uphill from where the body was found. There is also a recreational lake, replete with summer homes and bungalows along the lakefront. Both areas have been checked out by investigators.
Photos and recollections courtesy of Anne Wagner, used with permission.
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