UPDATE!! IDENTIFICATION OF 1987 REMAINS - JANE DOE- BUSHKILL TOWNSHIP - NORTHAMPTON CO

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UPDATE!! June 2020 – Jane Doe has been identified!

The female has been identified as Donna Kay Griffin who was 37 years of age at the time of her death. A native of the Dalton, Georgia area; Griffin reportedly relocated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the 1970’s. Griffin also used the last names of Shelby and Linton. Griffin had not previously been reported missing to any law enforcement authorities.

A joint investigation conducted by the Northampton County Coroner’s Office, Northampton County District Attorney’s Office, and the Pennsylvania State Police Troop M has resulted in the identification of Donna Kay Griffin whose remains were deposited along Pa Route 33 in Bushkill Township, Northampton County in October 1987.

Bode Technology of Lorton, Virginia recently conducted genealogical DNA analysis on the remains which provided investigators with leads which enabled them to positively identify the female. The FBI Laboratory conducted additional testing confirming kinship with a child of the previously unidentified female.

The investigation continues regarding the circumstances surrounding Griffin’s death and identifying the actor(s) responsible for depositing her body at the aforementioned location.

Any persons having information relative this incident or having had previous contact with Griffin are asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police, Troop M Criminal Investigation Assessment Unit at 610-861-2026 or you can contact the Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers if you have information on this crime, any serious crime, or wanted person, call the Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers Toll Free at 1-800-4PA-TIPS (8477) or online at https://www.p3tips.com/tipform.aspx?ID=107

All callers remain anonymous and could be eligible for a CASH REWARD.

All information is accurate as of Release Date.  

Media Release #2188

Original Media Release Information:

The Pennsylvania State Police, Troop M, Criminal Investigation Assessment Unit (CIA) and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, CIA Unit, continue their investigation of unidentified remains that were located along PA Route 33 in Bushkill Township, Northampton County, PA.  

On Friday, October 23, 1987, human remains of an adult female; blue eyes; shoulder-length blonde hair; 5’0” – 5’2” in height; 155-165 in weight; estimated to be 40 to 50 years old was discovered.  The female was wearing “Long haul” brand denim jeans (size 33-35); a red crewneck shirt with abstract design of a woman’s face (glass bead eye); and white Sear’s brand, “Winter Skin” thermal underwear with a blue snowflake design (size medium hips 37 – 39).  The female was also wearing a thin silver wire bangle bracelet.  There is a possibility that the female may have some association with areas along the Interstate 81 corridor in New York and Pennsylvania.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:  If you have information on this crime, any serious crime, or wanted person, call Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers Toll Free at 1-800-4PA-TIPS.  All callers remain anonymous and could be eligible for a CASH REWARD.
All information is accurate as of Release Date.

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Friday, October 23, 1987 - 12:00am

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