Police exhume remains found in 1973 in Lebanon County

Written by The Associated Press | May 31, 2016 12:16 PM

State Police exhume body of Jane Doe found. (John Latimer/Lebanon Daily News)

(Lebanon) -- State police have exhumed the remains of a body found more than four decades ago in Lebanon County.

Trooper David Beohm says the remains were exhumed earlier today at Mount Lebanon Cemetery in Lebanon so that more DNA evidence could be obtained to try to identify the victim. 

A game warden found the remains in October 1973 under a green plastic tarp and branches in Union Township near Jonestown.

Authorities said evidence suggests that the victim was 16 to 20 years old and troopers believed that she may have been a runaway. 

The woman was estimated to be between 16 to 18 years old, about 5-feet 6 inches to 5-feet 8-inches, with brown or blonde hair.

She was completely naked with no jewelry or other identifying markers, according to reports at the time she was found.

She had been in the woods an estimated one to three weeks, investigators said.

Last fall, they unveiled a reconstruction of a woman's head and neck.

Tipsters sent them searching for a woman who might be the victim, but she turned out to be alive.

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