Sunday, 26 July 2015

The New Jersey Jellyfish Murder

This post is another example of forensic science providing the vital evidence, and identifying the victim.  A man was foraging for wood on the New Jersey shoreline when he came across what he believed was the bones of a large animal, but to be on the safe side, he called the local Police.  The Police gathered all the bones they could see and convinced it was an animal, nonetheless, they duly took them to a vet for confirmation.  Upon looking at them, the vet informed the officers that these were human bones, not an animal.  They then transported the remains to the local Medical Examiner's office.

    The M.E. told Police to go back to the spot where they were discovered and thoroughly search the area for more bones.  They brought back bags of bones and what was thought of as jellyfish.  The M.E. said that the bones were that of a woman, but the jellyfish were not jellyfish.  They were breast implants, and as these carry identification numbers, Police were able to check all hospitals that carried out cosmetic procedures.  The M.E. also said that the body had been dismembered with a hacksaw.  The Jane Doe was soon identified as a young blonde woman named Carter.  Enquiries revealed that she had been involved with a burglary gang and it was believed she had been killed and then her remains thrown from the nearby Margate Bridge.  It was thought that her remains had been there for between twelve and eighteen months.  It is unknown at present if her killers were caught.