NH BEAR BROOK JANE DOE: WF, 2-4, found in gallon drum in Allenstown, NH - 9 May 2000 - victim of Terry Peder Rassmussen


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802UFNH - Unidentified Female

Reconstructions of the victim by NCMEC; images that possibly depict this victim; Terrence Peder Rassmussen (the victim's father) throughout his years in prison; Rassmussen at a younger age.

Date of Discovery: May 9, 2000
Location of Discovery: Allenstown, Merrimack County, New Hampshire
Estimated Date of Death: Prior to 1981
State of Remains: Skeletal
Cause of Death: Homicide by beating

Physical Description
Estimated Age: 2-4 years old
Race: White with possible Native American ancestry.
Sex: Female
Height: 3'3" to 3'9"
Weight: Unknown
Hair: Light brown, slightly wavy, and approximately 5 inches long.
Eye Color: Unknown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Possibly anemic.

Dentals: Available. She had an overbite that might have been noticeable to others.
Fingerprints: Not Available.
DNA: Available.

Clothing & Personal Items
Clothing: Unknown
Jewelry: Unknown
Additional Personal Items: Unknown

Circumstances of Discovery
On May 9, 2000, the child's skeletal remains, along with the remains of another female child, 801UFNH, was found in a 55-gallon drum off a wooded trail off Everwood Drive adjacent to Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown, New Hampshire.

Fifteen years earlier, on November 10, 1985, a hunter discovered the skeletal remains of an adult female, 799UFNH, and a female child, 800UFNH, in an overturned 55-gallon metal drum approximately 100 yards from the 2000 discovery.

Advanced forensic testing revealed that she was likely born and spent the majority of her childhood in Arizona, California, Texas or Oregon. She was likely born between 1975 and 1977.

It was announced in late 2016 that the middle child, who is unrelated to the three others, was identified as the daughter of a convicted killer, Terry Peder Rasmussen, known as Robert or Bob Evans and several other aliases. He died in 2010 and is believed to be responsible for the murders of these four victims, along with his former girlfriend, Denise Beaudin, who disappeared in late 1981 after leaving the state with him. Rasmussen had taken Beaudin's daughter to San Bernardino County, California and later abandoned her there. Although alive, she was not identified until 2016. Rasmussen remained unidentified himself until 2017.

In June 2019, the other three victims were identified as Marlyse Elizabeth Honeychurch, Marie Elizabeth Vaughn and Sarah Marie McWaters, aged 24, 7 and 11 months when they were last seen in Los Angeles County, California during November 1978. Honeychurch had been dating Rassmussen at the time she disappeared and the pair moved to New Hampshire with her two daughters, fathered by different men.

Investigators are also trying to identify children in photographs taken at Marie Vaugh's birthday party, sometime in December of 1977 or 1978. Vaughn has been identified as the child in the white dress; the other children have yet to be identified. It is also unknown where the children were at the time they were photographed.

Investigating Agency(s)
Agency Name: New Hampshire State Medical Examiner's Office
Agency Contact Person: Kim Fallon
Agency Phone Number: 603-271-1235
Agency E-Mail: Kim.Fallon(at)hotmail.com
Agency Case Number: 85-1050

Agency Name: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Agency Contact Person: Carol Schweitzer
Agency Phone Number: 1-800-843-5678 OR 1-800-THE-LOST
Agency E-Mail: NCMECTips(at)ncmec.org
Agency Case Number: 1100662

Agency Name: FBI ViCap
Agency Contact Person: N/A
Agency Phone Number: 800-634-4097
Agency E-Mail: vicap(at)leo.gov
Agency Case Number: Unknown

Agency Name: New Hampshire State Police
Agency Contact Person: John Sonia
Agency Phone Number: 603-223-3856
Agency E-Mail: coldcaseunit(at)dos.nh.gov
Agency Case Number: 85-148

Agency Name: Manchester, New Hampshire Police Department
Agency Contact Person: N/A
Agency Phone Number: 603-271-1235
Agency E-Mail: MPDcoldcase(at)manchesterNH.gov
Agency Case Number: Unknown

NCIC Case Number: U600019598
NamUs Case Number: 2175
NCMEC Case Number: 1100662

Information Source(s)
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Boston Globe

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On May 9, 2000 an unidentified child was found in an overturned 55 gallon metal barrel off a wooded trail adjacent to Bear Brook State park in Allenstown. The child is estimated to be 2-4 years old with brown, wavy hair. The child had an overbite that might have been noticeable to others. This child was found with another young, Caucasian girl, 1-3 years old that also remains unidentified (NamUs #2176). DNA has confirmed that this younger girl (NamUs #2176) is maternally related to two additional unidentified females that were found in 1985 in another barrel in the same wooded area of Allenstown (NamUs #2174 & 2173). It is unclear how this child is associated with the three related females but it’s estimated that they all died at the same time between 1978-1984. Advanced forensic testing reveals that this non-related child did not grow up in the same geographic area as other three victims. She likely was born and spent the majority of her childhood in a more northern and inland location such as northern New Hampshire, northern Vermont, upstate New York and further inland.

In October of 2016 – Evans’ DNA profile compared to all three minor female victims from Allenstown case. Results showed Evans was the father to this non-maternally related child, the middle child, found in 2000.

Police Look For Answers In Cold Case
Cutting-Edge Techniques May Help Crack Case
UPDATED: 5:34 am EDT March 26, 2009

ALLENSTOWN, N.H. -- A mystery that has gone unsolved in Allenstown since the mid-1980s is getting a fresh look with new science.

Four bodies -- one woman and three children -- were found left in metal drums in the Allenstown woods.

"They were stuffed in barrels like they weren't worth anything," said state police Detective John Sonia. "So we think we're dealing with a suspect who has the capacity for this type of violence."

Investigators said they know many details of the mystery, but they lack answers. They said they're now hopeful that something as simple as tap water can put names with the faces.

"We knew we weren't dealing with two separate homicides," Sonia said. "They were all linked together."

In November 1985, a hunter found a tipped-over, 55-gallon drum near Bear Brook State Park, not far from a burned-down convenience store.

"You could see basically packaging of some type, and as he examined closer, he noticed there was a skull there," Sonia said.

The hunter had found the remains of an adult woman and a girl, somewhere between 5 and 10 years old. Both had been beaten about the head.

But with badly decomposed remains and no missing persons report that matched, the case stalled until 2000, when it was reassigned to another trooper.

"He goes out to the scene, starts looking around and locates another barrel, another 55-gallon metal barrel," Sonia said. "At that point, we find the remains of two female children in that barrel, also."

Investigators said they believe the all the remains are closely connected.

"We believe that all four of these individuals are connected based on the testing that was done, the similarities and the condition of the bodies and how they were disposed of," said Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Strelzin. "We believe these four individuals are connected, aside from just being the victim of a murder."

"It's possible, and the circumstances make it seem like they're a family, but it's not definite," said forensic investigator Kim Fallon.

The youngest victim could be as little as 1 year old. DNA has linked two of the children to the adult, but their specific relationship is unclear. Police said there could be many reasons why, in 24 years, no one went looking for them.

"That was a different time," Sonia said. "You didn't have cell phones back then. You didn't have the Internet back then. People weren't as connected, so it's possible four people went missing and maybe a local police department was notified and it didn't go any further than that, and that's some distance from New Hampshire."

Sonia said the four could be from Canada or transients. There are no reports of four people missing together from that time.

With a case this cold, investigators said they know forensic science is one way to get answers. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has produced composites of three victims based on their remains, but the descriptions are rather broad with large age ranges and race varying from Caucasian to Native American.

"When you have bodies that are outdoors for a long period of time, they are being exposed to the weather extremes, heat, cold and bacteria,' said Kim Rumrill of the stte police forensics lab. "All these things work against you trying to find a DNA profile."

Investigators are now turning to water. A new technique links isotopes found in drinking water to different regions of the country. Those isotopes are found in human hair, and samples from the adult victim are now being tested.

"If she traveled they can get the travel history because they analyze segments of the hair, each segment separately," Fallon said.

Police said it's the first of three steps -- learn where they're from, discover who they are, and then find the killer.

"There's a lot of, I guess, force involved," Sonia said. "Again, it's pretty brutal. So that shows some kind of level of intimacy to take those, to do that to the bodies and to dispose of them the way they disposed of them."

State police are asking anyone with information to contact them at 603-271-2663 or nhsp.intel@dos.nh.gov.

Tap-water test on hair may help ID cold-case victims

ALLENSTOWN Investigators may know in about a month if they have a key to the area from which four murder victims -- found in metal drums in the woods here years ago -- might have come from.

Two of the bodies, an adult female and a female child, were found by a hunter in 1985 in a 55-gallon drum near Bear Brook State Park.

The other two bodies, both female children, were found in another barrel in 2000 by a state trooper newly assigned to the cold case.

State Police Major Crime Det. John Sonia said the first two bodies had been beaten about the head and were stuffed into the barrels. Because the bodies were badly decomposed and no missing persons reports matched, the investigation stalled until a trooper newly assigned to the case looked around the area and found the second barrel.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Strelzin yesterday said tests on the hair of the adult female should reveal where the victims might have come from. He said isotopes found in drinking water in different regions of the country can be found in hair.

"Hopefully it will give us a region and an approximate date," he said.

Strelzin said if nothing in the United States matches, the search may be extended to Canada or Mexico because there are some indications there may be some Native American heredity to the victims. "We're trying to keep an open mind," he said.

While investigators believe all of the victims are related, DNA tests so far have linked only two of the children to the adult woman. Strelzin said two kinds of DNA testing are underway on the third child.

Allenstown Police Chief Shaun Mulholland said yesterday he is pleased about the new efforts to resolve the case, which would clear up four of the six unsolved murders in Allenstown.

He said his department does not have the staff to conduct the kind of investigation that can be done by the State Police.

I'm glad they brought it to light." he said.

Names of murdered lost over decades - Police hope to identify bodies left in barrels
Concord Monitor (NH) - Friday, March 27, 2009
Author: KAREN LANGLEY ; Monitor staff

At least 25 years have passed since a woman and three children were murdered, stuffed into barrels and left near Bear Brook State Park.

The remains of the woman and one child were found spilling from a barrel in 1985. Fifteen years later, a state trooper revisiting the dormant case found the other remains in a barrel about 100 yards away. The four have never been identified.

There are other unsolved murders in New Hampshire, an average of about two per year, but these four victims are the only unidentified ones known to the chief of the attorney general's homicide unit. The void of information about their lives has crippled hopes of explaining their deaths.

"Here the resources are going into identifying the victims," said Jeff Strelzin, senior assistant attorney general and homicide unit chief. "Normally in a homicide crime the resources are going to solving the crime. Getting to who killed them without knowing who they are is next to impossible."

Now authorities hope advances in forensic technology could help to identify the remains left in the Allenstown woods.

A new technique for analyzing hair could yield clues about where the victims lived before their deaths. Analysts at a Utah lab are studying the woman's hair for isotopes peculiar to the drinking water of different regions. Investigators believe narrowing the search would increase the chance of finding someone who had contact with the victims.

Tracing evidence to a particular location has helped investigators before. In 2004, after Concord resident Manuel Gehring told the police he had forgotten where he buried his son and daughter after killing them, tests of pollen found with his shovel led to the discovery of the bodies in Ohio.

State investigators are also awaiting nuclear DNA tests being performed by the FBI. These tests would provide individual DNA profiles that could be used to find family members listed in federal databases.

If the victims are identified, investigators will at last be able to ask the questions that are usually the first steps in solving a murder. When they do, they will be looking for a killer who committed a personal, violent crime, said Detective John Sonia of the State Police Major Crime Unit.

The woman and the child found with her were killed by blunt force trauma to their heads, Sonia said. The medical examiner did not determine how the pair of children died, he said, but ruled they had been murdered.

"This case was particularly heinous and brutal," he said. "It either shows some kind of relationship between the perpetrator and victims that's so close and personal where they were bludgeoned and put in barrels."

But people who murder their entire families more often use methods like poisoning or shooting, he said. Crimes of intense violence are typically committed against a single victim, he said.

"On the other hand, a serial perpetrator, a serial stalker with multiple victims, as we believe they're from one time. . . . That gives a different profile, a psychotic profile," he said.

Strelzin said he could not comment on whether the victims had been bludgeoned.

For now, little information has been drawn from the remains. Forensic analysts have determined that the woman was between 23 and 32 years old. She had curly, light-brown hair and, like the children, was either white or Native American. She was about 5-foot-5.

The child found with her was a girl between 5 and 10 years old. The girl stood about 4-foot-3 and had light-brown hair and ears pierced twice.

The second pair of bodies were those of two children who appear to be younger. Investigators believe they are female, but the children were too young to know for sure.

"You can't get sex from skeletal morphology when they're that young," said Kim Fallon, a forensic investigator at the state medical examiner's office. "They have traits that suggest they're female, but that's not definite."

One of those children was between 4 and 8 years old and stood about 3-foot-8. She had light-brown hair and a noticeable overbite. The other child was between 1 and 3 years old. She stood about 2-foot-5 and had long, blond hair.

The initial DNA tests showed that the woman could be the mother of the child found with her and of the youngest child. Investigators said she is not the mother of the child who was between 4 and 8 years old.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has produced images from the bone structure of the woman and the two children who might be hers.

The case was reactivated a few years ago when Fallon learned about the four victims at a conference about missing persons and unidentified remains.

"I couldn't believe when I heard about this case," she said. "That it's four of them from probably one event and three of them are children."

Quadruple homicides are rare. In 1991, Concord resident James Colbert strangled his wife and three young daughters. The 1997 shooting rampage of Carl Drega killed two state troopers, a part-time judge and a newspaper editor in northern Colebrook.

There are different theories about how four people could have disappeared as long as 30 years ago without ever being identified. The woman could have been a teenager who left home and had children without her family knowing, Fallon said. Or she and the children could be from the West Coast and brought here by a long-haul trucker, Strelzin said.

Investigators ask that anyone with information contact Detective John Sonia or Lt. James White of the State Police Major Crime Unit at 271-2663.

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Bear Brook Jane Does - New Hampshire - 1985/2000

May 16, 2016


The Bear Brook murders, also referred to as the Allenstown Four, comprise four unidentified murder victims discovered in 1985 and 2000 at Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown, New Hampshire. Here's a rundown:

"On November 10, 1985 - Allenstown, New Hampshire a hunter came across a tipped-over 55-gallon drum and trash near Bear Brook State Park. Inside the drum, he found the remains of an adult woman whom was around (23-33 years old) and a little girl whom was roughly (5-11 years old) wrapped in plastic.

The New Hampshire State Police immediately began to check missing people cases from the 70s and 80s but were unable to identify the bodies. In 1986 - the New Hampshire State Police believed the case would finally be solved when they suspected two missing people named Grace Reapp and her five-year-old daughter Gracie were the unidentified bodies found a year earlier, but dental records proved the unidentified remains found in the 55-gallon drum were not those of Grace or her daughter Gracie Reapp.

Over the years - New Hampshire State Police received hundreds of leads and distributed composite drawings of the victims throughout the Northeast and Quebec, Canada. Several people in the town of Allenstown said the unidentified adult woman resembled someone who had left town with several children a few years earlier - but this proved to be a dead end once again when the woman was found alive in Arizona with the children.

New Hampshire State Police received yet another lead about a mother and daughter who had vanished from a Maine Indian reservation. The descriptions and time of their disappearance seemed a perfect match, but the mother and daughter were quickly located alive in another town in Maine.

Without any solid leads, investigators started to check EVERY elementary school in the state of New Hampshire and almost every medical record of missing persons from Cape Cod, New Hampshire to California. Their efforts proved futile in the end. In 2000, the case took another turn when it was assigned to a fresh pair of eyes: a different New Hampshire state trooper. The officer returned to the area where the bodies were discovered in the 55-gallon drum and stumbled upon yet another 55-gallon drum! Two bodies were ALSO found inside that drum, and this time they were both young female children. DNA determined that the remains of the two little girls found in 2000 were linked to the adult woman found in 1985. The remains found in 2000 were that of a white female child (1-3 years old) and another white female child (2-4 years old). DNA testing indicated that the woman and at least TWO of the three children were related maternally. (Could have been the mother, aunt or an older sister to the youngest and oldest children).

(The third child may not have even been related to the others at all).

In 2013, it was reported that $30,000 was raised in order to examine the DNA from each of the bodies. The third young girl likely came from Dakotas or Nebraska, according to testing of her hair, teeth and bones.

The New Hampshire Cold Case Unit continues are still trying to identify the remains found in 1985 and 2000. There are no current suspects in this case and the identification of all the female victims is still unknown."

"In 1985 the unidentified remains of an adult female and a young female child were found in a barrel in the Bear Brook State Park of Allenstown. Fifteen years later when police revisted the scene, several hundred yards away another barrel was found containing the unidentified remains of two other young children. The adult female and the child buried in the barrel with her died from blunt trauma to the head. The two younger children found were probably also murdered and though there is not definitive evidence, they are believed to be female. DNA tests proved that the adult female is related to the child found buried with her as well as of one of the other children found in 2000. However, she is not the mother of all three children. The adult female was believed to have been between the ages of 23 and 32. She was between the 5'2 and 5'7. She was caucasian with possible Native American ancestry. She had light curly brown hair. The two children linked to her were around the ages of 5-10 and 1-3 years old. The other is not related to her and is believed to be around 3 to 4 of age. It is possible that the three children could be paternally related though but it is not proven. Isotope testing shows that all four victims were born in the United States, they believe that the woman and her two children spent substantial time near the Atlantic Coastline anywhere from Maine to Pennsylvania but that is not definitive. The Other child may have spent time as far west as Minnesota. Whoever killed these individuals has not been caught."

Thoughts? Some reports put the the time of their deaths as far as 1978, adding another difficult barrier to the case. Since it seems they're all related in some way, one has to wonder if any relatives are worried about missing members. It's one thing to have one person disappear without a trace with no worry from relatives. It's another to have a mother and three kids go missing without the family filing any reports or calls to law enforcement. Either these does are a single mother (assuming the oldest victim is the mother, another barrier) her two kids and a friend of the children or even cousin or adoptive child who had all come to contact with a serial killer or the killer is a relative or friend possibly the father. I'm leaning towards the later scenario unless the mother had children with a deadbeat father.

Bear Brook murders

The Bear Brook murders (also referred to as the Allenstown Four) are four unidentified female murder victims discovered in 1985 and 2000 at Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown, New Hampshire.[3] All of the victims were either partially or completely skeletonized; they are believed to have died between 1977 and 1985.[3][4][5]

The victims' faces have been reconstructed multiple times, most recently by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

In 2017, investigators announced that Terrence "Terry" Peder Rasmussen, who used multiple aliases including Robert "Bob" Evans, was the most likely suspect. He was confirmed, via DNA, to be the father of the 2-to-4-year-old girl found among the remains. He is also believed to be responsible for several other murders, including the disappearance of Denise Beaudin in 1981. He was convicted of a different murder and died in prison in 2010.

On November 10, 1985, a hunter found a 55-gallon metal drum near the site of a burned-down store. Inside were the bodies of an adult female and young girl, wrapped in plastic (possibly a garbage bag). Autopsies determined both had died of blunt trauma; they were later buried in the same grave.

On May 9, 2000, the remains of two young girls were found near the first discovery site. The bodies were also in a 55-gallon metal drum.The cause of death for these children was also blunt force trauma.

The woman may have had Caucasian and Native American heritage. She had curly or wavy brown hair and was between 5'2" and 5'7". Her teeth showed significant dental work, including multiple fillings and three extractions.[3][11][16] The three girls may have also had Native American heritage, with light or white complexions.[17]

The girl found with the adult female was between 5 and 11 years old. She had symptoms of pneumonia, a crooked front tooth and a diastema, two earrings in each ear, and was between 4'3" and 4'6" tall. Her hair was wavy and light brown; she had no dental fillings.[18]

The second-youngest girl (age estimated between 2–4 years old) also had a gap in her front teeth. She had brown hair and was about 3'8" tall. She had an overbite, which was probably noticeable. DNA proved the child was fathered by Terry Peder Rasmussen, a now-dead convicted killer who used the name Robert "Bob" Evans and other aliases. The child's mother was not the woman found with the children.

The youngest girl (estimated age 1–3 years old) had long blond or light brown hair, was between 2'1" and 2'6" tall, and had a gap in her front teeth.

In the early days of the investigation, authorities publicized the case in the United States and some parts of Canada. At least ten possible identities were ruled out. Despite hundreds of leads, the bodies have not been identified.

In June 2013, new versions of the victims' facial reconstructions were created by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. These versions incorporated their dental information, showing how their teeth could have affected the appearance of their faces. The reconstructions were created in black and white, as their skin tones and eye colors could not be determined.

In November 2015, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children released a third set of reconstructions of the four victims at a news conference at the New Hampshire State Attorney General's office.

DNA profiling determined the woman, oldest and youngest girls were maternally related. This meant the woman could have been the girls' mother, aunt, or older sister.

Other information also shows the woman and children lived together in the Northeastern United States between two weeks and three months before their deaths. Investigators have also concluded the woman and two of the children lived in the area where their bodies were found. Advanced forensic testing showed the 2-to-4-year-old girl (Rasmussen's daughter) probably spent most of her childhood in either the upper Northeast or upper Midwest, perhaps Wisconsin.

In January 2017, it was announced that Denise Beaudin, who had been missing since 1981, was connected to the murders. Beaudin disappeared from Manchester, New Hampshire, along with her young daughter and then-boyfriend Robert "Bob" Evans. She was not reported missing until 2016, when her daughter resurfaced alive and well in California.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children subsequently announced an unidentified man known by the alias "Robert Evans" was the father of the middle child (who was not related to the other victims). They also said authorities believed Evans was the killer of the four Bear Brook victims, but did not elaborate.[28] Authorities stated that the Bear Brook woman was not Beaudin. Authorities also indicated that "Robert Evans" was a pseudonym and that his true identity was unknown. Evans died in prison in 2010, having been sentenced for the 2002 murder and dismemberment of his wife, California chemist Eunsoon Jun.

In June, police released video of a police interview of Evans in hopes of finding his true identity. Two months later, Terrence "Terry" Peder Rasmussen was confirmed through DNA testing as being Robert Evans. Born in 1943, Rasmussen was a native of Denver, Colorado. He was discharged from the Navy in 1967, and married in 1969; he and his wife lived in Phoenix, Arizona and Redwood City, California. The couple had four children before his wife left him between 1973 and 1974. This family last saw Rasmussen around Christmas 1974. One of his sons from this marriage provided the DNA sample that finally identified Rasmussen in August 2017.

Authorities speculated the adult victim may have been Elizabeth Lamotte, a teenager who disappeared from a group home in Manchester in 1984, due to the fact that Evans apparently had a significant other with the same first name. DNA from Lamotte's relatives was collected and processed, yet she was identified as a victim located in Tennessee a year after her disappearance.

New England's Unsolved: The Allenstown murders investigation continues

By: Bob Ward
Updated: Nov 17, 2017 - 11:40 PM

It is one of New Hampshire's darkest and most haunting mysteries.

In quiet Allenstown, New Hampshire, 60 miles north of Boston, investigators are still trying to identify the bodies of four victims, three of them children, discovered inside barrels decades ago.

The bodies were found in two metal drums near Bear Brook State Park.

A hunter found the first barrel in 1985. Inside, wrapped in trash bags, were the bodies of a young woman and a girl believed to have been between 8 and 11 years old. The woman's body was dismembered and the girl's lower legs were severed.

Fifteen years later, an investigator returned to the scene and found a second 55 gallon drum about 100 yards away from the first.

Inside the second drum, wrapped in garbage bags, were the bodies of two little girls. The oldest was estimated to be 2 to 4 years old, the youngest was only between 1 and 3 years old at the time of her death.

DNA testing revealed the young woman was related to the oldest and youngest child, but she was not biologically related to the middle child.

The victims suffered blunt force trauma,and were murdered sometime in the 1970's to early 1980's.

None of these victims has been identified.

In 2016, New England's Unsolved traveled to Alexandria, Virginia and spoke to an artist with the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children, who created life-like computer images of the victims’ faces, based on an analysis of their skulls.

"You can't help but get personally attached to it," NCMEC artist Joe Mullins said. "You just feel a sense of horror that these victims, had to endure, their last, their final moments on this planet."

The mystery of the Allenstown bodies continues to drive investigators to give them the dignity of their names.

New progress on an old investigation
In the past year, New Hampshire State Police have made incredible progress.

At a news conference in January 2017, New Hampshire Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Strelzin announced a huge break: the killer's identity.

In the early 1980's a man known in New Hampshire as Bob Evans lived with his girlfriend, Denise Beaudin, in an apartment on Manchester's Hayward Street.

Evans is the man authorities now believe is not only the killer of the Allenstown victims, but DNA reveals, he is also the father of the unknown middle child.

It turns out, Bob Evans never really existed. Instead, his true name was Terry Rasmussen.

Rasmussen was a Denver, Colorado native who traveled the United States committing crimes and repeatedly changing his identity.

Why answers may never be found
In 2010, Rasmussen died in a California prison where he was serving time for the 2002 murder of his girlfriend, Eunsoon Jun in Richmond, California.

Denise Beaudin, Rasmussen's New Hampshire girlfriend, is missing. She is also feared to be one of Rasmussen's murder victims.

Beaudin was last seen in 1981 when she and Rasmussen suddenly left New Hampshire. Beaudin was pregnant with another man's child. Rasmussen gave up that little girl to a family in California in 1986. That child is now an adult and it was her research into her own history that led to the big break.

Today investigators are trying to learn more about Rasmussen in the hope that it might unlock the mystery of the Allenstown victims.

Recently new information has come to light about Rasmussen's life in the Southwest in the early 1970's where he was married and the father of a young family.

His family last saw Terry Rasmussen around Christmas 1975 in Payson, Arizona, in the company of an unidentified woman.

New Hampshire detectives are trying to identify that woman because she might be the mother of the middle child found in one of the Allenstown barrels. That identification, in turn, could be the key to identifying the adult woman and her two children.

From what is publicly known about Terry Rasmussen, he could be responsible for seven homicides: the four Allenstown victims, Eunsoon Jun, Denise Beaudin and the unknown Arizona woman.

There could be even more victims.

But right now, the priority is identifying the four people thrown away in barrels in the woods of Allenstown, New Hampshire.

If you have any information this case, call the New Hampshire State Police Cold Case Unit at 603-223-3856.

A COLD WHODUNIT WITH NO WHO IT IS By Dan O'Brien The Union Leader 18 Oct 2010

ALLENSTOWN -- Next month will mark 25 years since the remains of a woman and a girl were found inside a 55-gallon metal drum hidden in the woods of Bear Brook State Park.Fifteen years after the gruesome 1985 discovery, the remains of two more children were found -- also inside a metal drum -- less than 100 yards away from where the first set of remains were discovered, off Edgewood Drive. Authorities have yet to identify the remains, but forensic analysis revealed all four victims were related.

While the recently-formed State Police Cold Case Unit has tried to breathe new life into the frustrating investigation -- using anthropologists to further analyze the remains in recent years -- Trooper John Sonia says no progress will be made until someone comes forward with the identities of the victims."We do have a lot of evidence," Sonia said, "but really, in this type of investigation, we need to establish who they are before we can gain ground on anything."

A lot of things have changed since the grisly discovery was made by a hunter Nov. 10, 1985. The first set of decomposed remains -- of a white woman between the ages of 22 and 33 and a girl between the ages of 8 and 10 -- were discovered behind a country store that no longer exists."At that time, it was a pretty active corner of Bear Brook," Sonia said.Forensic evidence analysis and communication-sharing between different law enforcement agencies weren't as advanced as they are now. And for 15 years investigators operated on the theory that only two people had been murdered.

Since the remains of two more girls -- one between the ages of 4 and 8, the other between 1 and 3 -- were found May 9, 2000, authorities have taken their investigation to other parts of the United States and Canada, still to no avail."You have an adult and three children falling off the face of the planet," Sonia said.The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has tried to assist. In recent years, Sonia said, an anthropologist analyzed the four remains and theorized the victims might be of Native-American descent.Because there is a large population of Native-Americans in Canada, Sonia said, investigators are speaking with Canadian authorities. The investigator said the evidence points to the murders being domestic-violence related, but detectives still don't know for sure.

"We are so close to Canada," he said. "We're leaning toward it not being a local crime, or a local family, because nothing has been turned up in 25 years."He said the Native-American angle is one way to narrow down the victims' identity, but it comes with a hurdle."You look up missing persons, and in Native-American populations it often goes unreported," Sonia said. "They have a culture of not speaking with police."Sonia, who has been assigned to the Allenstown case for a few years, said it's not clear how the first set of investigators originally missed discovering the second set of remains, but pointed out that the area looked a lot different back then.

Only the foundation of the country store remains today, and Sonia said the area was littered with debris and other barrels in 1985, making it easy to miss the second set. He said investigators have gained ground in physical evidence, including finding items of clothing and determining that the adult victim most likely suffered blunt force trauma as a cause of death. However, those pieces of evidence are almost meaningless until the victims can be identified."We have a lot of evidence, non-identification-wise, that will be utilized at some point," Sonia said, "but we have to ID who the victims are in order to generate a suspect."

Manchester Union Leader Nov 13, 1985 (front page article)

Human remains discovered Sunday in Allenstown are two bodies, a woman and a girl, both murdered. Attorney General Stephen Merrill said yesterday. Merrill said the remains had been in the woods a year or longer and are not those of Tammy Belanger, 8, who disappeared in Exeter a year ago today. The murdered pair, found by a hunter in woods near Bear Brook State Park, were a 23 to 33 year-old woman, 5 feet 4 to 5 feet 7, with curly light brown hair and a 8 to 10 year-old girl, 4 feet 3, with light brown or dark blonde hair. Both victims were white.

Indications are each had been killed by a blow to the head but Merrill said he has not ruled out other injuries as the cause of death.The bodies were not buried. They were wrapped in plastic, were nude, and were found with no belongings that might provide a clue as to who the victims were. Merrill said the condition of the remains did not allow investigators to determine if sexual abuse had occurred.

Dental records are being checked in hopes of establishing identification and missing person records are being cross-checked against the evidence available so far. Merrill said investigators have “some substantial leads in the case” but he also said a check of missing person reports in the area has yielded “no positive findings.” He ruled out the possibility the remains were those of Shirley McBride, 15, of Pittsfield, who disappeared while visiting Concord about 16 months ago, or the remains of Page Jennings, the daughter of Malcolm and Elizabeth Jennings, Jackson innkeepers slain Jan. 16.

Merrill said investigators are fairly confident the Allenstown bodies were placed at the scene at the same time. He said dental records should indicate whether they are related. Investigators initially thought the badly decomposed remains were one body but Dr. Henry Ryan, Maine’s Chief Medical Examiner, and Dr. Marcella Sorg, a Maine anthropologist, established that the grisly contents of the plastic bag were actually two persons.

“They worked from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, and concluded their work from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. today,” Merrill said yesterday. “I really think they deserve a great deal of credit for altering their schedules to accept the remains and work so diligently to come to this conclusion.”

In the wake of a news leak late Sunday describing the remains as those of a young girl, Merrill had strenuously denied speculation that they might be those of Tammy Belanger, whose disappearance on her way to school shocked the state and precipitated a massive search. No clues in her disappearance have yet surfaced.He also ruled out the possibility the remains might be those of Shirley “Tippy” McBride. “These conclusions were reached on disparities of height, hair color, and dental records,” Merrill said.

An unofficial record kept by state police lists 180 missing persons in New Hampshire, according to Capt. James Broderick. Broderick said the actual number is not known because no central agency keeps track of missing persons. The list of 180 was compiled by state police personnel from the National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System. Of the 180, an estimated 95 to 98 percent are under the age of 18 and are presumed to be runaways, Broderick said. Broderick said not all missing persons are listed on the Telecommunications System.

He also said that hunters in the Granite State find about two bodies each year. “Some years we’re likely to find three or four,” he said. “Most of the time it’s homicide although that doesn’t always hold true.”


In the late 1970's, Evans arrived here in New Hampshire. He resided at 925 Hayward St. in Manchester.

In 1980, Evans was arrested in February and June and listed his spouse as Elizabeth Evans, though authorities do not know who that is. In October of the same year, Evans was arrested again, and did not list a spouse.

Evans and Beaudin disappeared together in 1981, but no missing persons report was ever filed with authorities. The couple disappeared with their daughter, then known as "Dawn", but Evans later gave the daughter, now known as "Lisa", up for adoption.

In 1984 and 1985, Evans changed his name to Curtis Kimball. In 1985, Evans was arrested for drunk driving in California. He had "Lisa" with him at the time. Around June or July of that year, Evans abandoned "Lisa" at a trailer park in Scott's Valley, California. The girl was placed into foster care and later adopted.

In 1985, two unidentified bodies were found in a barrel in rural Allenstown by Bear Brook State Park. One was an adult woman and the other was a young girl.

In 1986, when California went to investigate Evans for abandoning his child, he was no longer in the Santa Cruz area.

In September of 1986, Investigators confirmed a latent fingerprint match between Gordon Jenson (Jensen) and print obtained from individual arrested as Curtis Mayo Kimball in 1985.

In October of 1986, felony arrest warrants were put out for one of Evans' aliases: Gordon Curtis Jenson.

In the press conference they said they lost track of Evans for about two years. They don't have any investigative information about his whereabouts during time period.

In 1988, Evans was arrested in San Luis Obispo, California for vehicle theft. This time, his alias was Gerry Mockerman. The car was stolen out of Idaho, confirming he spent some time in that area.

In March of 1989, Evans was arrested on warrants out of Santa Cruz, under the alias of Gerry Mockerman.

In October of 1990, Evans made parole after serving about 18 months of his three year sentence and took off the next day and wasn't seen for a period of time.

Officials lost track of his whereabouts for a block of time and were unsure of where he was during this time frame - Evans was then a fugitive for 12 years.

In 2000, two more young girl's bodies were found in another barrel within walking distance. The older woman was discovered to be related to the oldest and the youngest child, but not the middle child.

In August of 2001, Evans married Eunsoon Jun in Richmond, California using the name Lawrence William Vanner. It was a backyard marriage and no official paperwork was filed. He was working in the neighborhood doing several odd jobs in this time period, which is how he met Jun.

In September of 2002, Jun was found buried in her basement, partially dismembered. Lawrence Vanner was fingerprinted and found to be Curtis Kimball.

In November of 2002, Evans was arrested for Jun's murder.

In June of 2003, Evans was convicted of Jun's murder and was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.

In August of 2003, DNA testing determined Evans and Lisa were not biologically related. San Bernardino COSO initiated an investigation into the true identity of Lisa Jenson.

On December 28, 2010, Evans died in prison of natural causes.

In 2014, San Bernardino COSO enlisted the assistance of DNAadoption.com and one of their Search Angels, a genetic genealogist to identify links to relatives of Lisa.

In 2016, A first cousin and a grandfather of Lisa were identified in New Hampshire which led to proving that Lisa is "Dawn Beaudin" – daughter of missing person, Denise Beaudin.

In the summer of 2016, San Bernardino COSO contacted NHSP and Manchester PD regarding the identification of Dawn Beaudin and connection with missing female, Denise Beaudin and suspect convicted of homicide in 2002.

In October of 2016 – Evans’ DNA profile compared to all three minor female victims from Allenstown case. Results showed Evans was the father to non-maternally related child, the middle child, found in 2000.

In December of 2016, police file a missing person report for Beaudin.

In January of 2017, Foster announced a search of 925 Hayward Street in Manchester in connection with the missing person's case.

I attempted to overlap the two isotope maps from Oak Ridge Research. The areas don't actually have a lot of common geographic areas. The states where the woman and girls exactly combined with the daughter of Evans are New York, Vermont, and Maine. It looks like the woman in the barrel was probably from New England, according to the isotopes.




June 6 - Authorities reveal the identities of three of the victims found in barrels in 1985 and 2000. The oldest victim, a woman, was identified as Marlyse Elizabeth Honeychurch. Her children, Marie Elizabeth Vaughn and Sarah Lynn McWaters were identified as the oldest and youngest of the three children found. The identity of Rasmussen's biological daughter remains a mystery.

A research librarian who conducted some detective work outside of her day job has helped to uncover the identities of three missing persons killed in New Hampshireduring the notorious "Bear Brook murders."

Rebekah Heath made the discovery last October after being transfixed on the murders committed by Terrance "Terry" Rasmussen, who killed three children and one mother and placed them in barrels between 1985 and 2000 at Bear Brook State Park.

The real life Nancy Drew helped authorities determine the identities of the three victims as 24-year-old Marlyse Elizabeth Honeychurch, AKA Marlyse McWaters, as well as her daughters 6-year-old Marie Elizabeth Vaughn and 1-year-old Sarah Lynn McWaters, according to 9news.

"I still can't believe it," Heath said about the case on Friday.

Detectives say the breakthrough was a result of DNA testing, genealogy research, information from relatives and the research from Heath.

The cold case hadn't broke any new ground since Rasmussen died of natural causes in 2010.

To solve the case, Heath first started searching message boards for keywords like "California" and "missing sister" where she started making a list of possible victims.

"I would just go through that list and then I would start searching to see if they had public records, if the person was alive, see if I could find any record for their existence," Heath said. "If not, then I would pursue it a little further and reach out to the person who had originally posted looking for the loved ones."

After conducting more research, she noticed a relative looking for Sarah McWaters and her mother Marylse McWaters; the latter, she discovered, was the mother of the third victim, Marie Vaughn.

She followed up on leads regarding the trio, but dropped her search when she didn't get much of a response in the Bear Brook murders Facebook group.

That changed a year later, when she was reminded about the relative looking for Sarah McWaters after listening to a New Hampshire Public Radio podcast about the murders.

"At that point I was like, I need to reach out to this woman," Heath said.

She eventually found the woman, who said that Marylse McWaters had married a man with the last name Rasmussen.

"Right there, my stomach jumped," Heath said. "It just rocked. I knew right away. There's no way that a woman goes missing with those children with a guy with that last name, Rasmussen. It's just way too coincidental."

She didn't mention anything to the relative, but within hours she contacted police in San Bernardino, Calif., who were already looking through DNA material from the family of Marie Vaughn.

From that information and the help of a genetic genealogist, Barbara Rae-Venter, detectives were able to confirm the identities of the victims, said Attorney General Jeffrey Strelzin.

"Her work and our work converged, and it turns out that she was correct," Strelzin told CNN. "She did some great work on the case and some great sleuthing."

Authorities believe unidentified Bear Brook victim has relatives from Mississippi​

The search for the name of the remaining unidentified murder victim found in a barrel in Allenstown is leading authorities to Mississippi.

Investigators said genealogy research suggests the girl and her biological mother might have relatives in Pearl River County, which is not far from New Orleans.

To find out the girl’s identity, officials in New Hampshire have partnered with genetic genealogist Dr. Barbara Rae-Venter.

While it’s believed that the girl’s mother’s relatives are most likely from Pearl River County, no location is being ruled out, police said.

Police are encouraging people in the Pearl River County area to upload their DNA into GEDmatch or Family Tree DNA, if they are comfortable, to increase the likelihood that authorities are able to identify the girl and her mother.


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