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Authorities believe unidentified Bear Brook victim has relatives from Mississippi
Police say genealogy research suggests mother of child has relatives in Pearl River County
Updated: 7:42 AM EST Jan 22, 2021
MANCHESTER, N.H. --
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.
The girl was found dead in a barrel along with the body of an adult woman in Bear Brook State Park in 2000. The bodies of two girls were found in a different barrel in the park 15 years earlier. They were all the victims of homicides, authorities said.
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The other three victims were identified in 2019 as a mother and her two daughters from California.
DNA testing revealed that the unidentified child was not related to the three other victims but confirmed that suspected serial killer Terry Peder Rasmussen, who was known as “Bob Evans” during his time in New Hampshire, was her biological father.
To find out the girl’s identity, officials in New Hampshire have partnered with genetic genealogist Dr. Barbara Rae-Venter.
Louisiana State Police said the girl and her mother, who is also unidentified and is believed to be another Rasmussen victim, could be descendants of Thomas “Deadhorse” Mitchell, who was born in 1836, or William Livings, who was born in 1826. The girl would be the 5X- or 6X-great-grandchild of one of the men.
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.
Authorities announced last February they learned the girl, who was estimated to be about 2 to 4 years old at the time of her death, was primarily Caucasian, with a small amount of Asian, Black and American Indian ancestry. Authorities believe she was born between 1975 and 1977.
The girl had slightly wavy brown hair and was between 3 feet, 3 inches and 3 feet, 9 inches tall. She had a slight overbite that might have been noticeable, authorities said.
Authorities said an analysis of her bones suggests she might have had anemia during her life, but the condition cannot be confirmed.
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.
Anyone who is aware of a missing child or a missing child and her mother from the late 1970s to early 1980s is asked to call New Hampshire State Police 603-MCU-TIPS or Sgt. Matthew Koehler of the New Hampshire State Police Major Crime Unit at 603-223-3648 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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The girl was one of four victims found in two barrels near Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown in 1985 and 2000. Three of them were identified last year as Marlyse Elizabeth Honeychurch and her two children, Marie Elizabeth Vaughn and Sarah Lynn McWaters. The unidentified girl isn't believed to be related to them.
The investigation suggests that the unidentified girl was not from New Hampshire, but most likely from Texas, Arizona, California or Oregon.
Through ongoing genealogy work, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says the child is primarily Caucasian with a small amount of Asian, black and American Indian ancestry. She was 2 to 4 years old at the time of her death, placing her birthdate between 1975-1977. She had slightly wavy brown hair and stood as tall as 3 feet, 9 inches. She had a slight overbite.
Authorities believe Terry Peder Rasmussen was responsible for all four deaths and that the unidentified body is his daughter's. He went by many aliases, including "Bob Evans."
Rasmussen, who is suspected of killing at least six women and two children, died in a California prison in 2010.
Rasmussen claimed to spend substantial time in Texas during the early 1980s and may have known someone staying at an RV park in Austin during 1986. He claimed to have been employed at a company called Brown and Root in Houston during the 1970s.
Attempts to reach relatives of Rasmussen have been unsuccessful.
Please contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST if you have any information that could help identify this child.
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June 2019: The photos below are of the murder victims as well as others. New Hampshire Police would like to know of anyone recognizes where they were taken.
"Now authorities are asking the public to look closely at the photos they released showing Marie Vaughn at her 7th or 8th birthday party. Believed to be in 1978 or 1979, the party could have been somewhere on the East Coast, perhaps even in New Hampshire."
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.
Based on isotope testing this little girl likely lived in the highlighted areas in the late 1970's.
Her mother could have been from an area where Terry was living under an alias (see graphic below timeline) and then moved with him giving birth in the destination area.
According to a June 2019 interview with Terry Rasmussen's daughter she had met the unidentified "Middle Child".
"While authorities have been unable to identify a fourth body found in the barrels, beyond figuring out that she was Rasmussen’s daughter, Stiers, the youngest of four children, said she and her siblings refer to their half sister as “Anita Moon.” She remembers meeting her; she doesn’t remember where. “I met her in somebody’s house,” she told the Union Leader. “She had pigtails on each side and they stuck straight out. … I remember her being cute and being shy. … She was adorable.”
Timeline: The history of serial killer Terry Peder Rasmussen (June 2019 Timeline is all the way at the bottom of this page)
11/28/2018 Timeline: The history of serial killer Terry Peder Rasmussen - The Boston Globe
A timeline of confirmed events released by the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office.
Dec. 23, 1943
Born in Colorado as Terry Peder Rasmussen
July 1958 – April 1961
Resided in Phoenix with family
1959 – 1960
Attended North High School, Phoenix, Ariz. Stopped after sophomore year.
Enlisted in the US Navy.
Discharged from the US Navy.
Moved to Hawaii. Rasmussen worked in his parents’ shoe shop.
July 20, 1968
Married wife in Hawaii.
Moved to Phoenix, Ariz. Twin daughters born. Worked as an electrician for boss “Otto”
Rasmussen family moved to Redwood City, Calif. He worked as an electrician
Rasmussen contacts friend in Arizona and asks for money. He states he is in Texas working
on an oil rig.
Sept. 28, 1978
Divorce finalized. Rasmussen’s whereabouts unknown.
Rasmussen worked at Waumbec Mills as head electrician, Bob Evans.
Rasmussen arrested in Manchester, N.H., as Robert T. Evans for issuing a bad check on
12/21/1979 (insufficient funds).
Rasmussen arrested in Manchester, N.H., as Robert T. Evans for theft of services
Rasmussen arrested in Manchester, N.H., as Robert T. Evans for diverting electric current.
Denise Beaudin goes missing shortly after Thanksgiving with her 6-month-old daughter and
her boyfriend, Bob Evans from Manchester, N.H.
March 1984 - May 1985
Rasmussen was hired under name Curtis Kimball by electrical company in Los Alamitos,
Rasmussen arrested in Cypress, Calif., as Curtis Mayo Kimball for DUI.
First barrel found adjacent to Bear Brook State Park, Allenstown, N.H., containing an
unidentified adult female (23-33 years of age) and female child (5-11 years of age).
Rasmussen in Santa Cruz County, California living & working at the Holiday Host RV Park
in Scotts Valley under name Gordon Jenson.
Rasmussen abandoned a child (Denise Beaudin’s daughter) in California and fled.
Fingerprints match between Gordon Jenson and Curtis Kimball confirming they were the
Rasmussen pulled over in San Luis Obispo, Calif., driving a stolen vehicle from Preston,
Rasmussen arrested in California on warrants for child abandonment and sentenced to 3
Rasmussen was paroled and absconded the following day in California.
Rasmussen pulled over in California under the name Lawrence William Vanner and cited for
not having insurance or a driver’s license.
Second barrel found adjacent to Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown, N.H., containing two
unidentified female children (2-4 years of age) and (1-3 years of age).
Rasmussen’s girlfriend, Eunsoon Jun, disappears from Richmond, Calif.
Rasmussen arrested for Eunsoon Jun’s homicide and parole violation.
Rasmussen convicted of Eunsoon Jun’s murder and sentenced to 15 years to life.
DNA testing confirmed that Rasmussen was not the biological father to the child he
abandoned (Denise Beaudin’s daughter).
Rasmussen died in prison.
The California San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office contacted New Hampshire authorities
in reference to Rasmussen and his connection to New Hampshire.
DNA confirmed that Rasmussen was the biological father of the unidentified 2-4 year old
little girl found dead in Allenstown, N.H., in 2000.
Authorities release details on Robert “Bob” Evans and his connection to the Allenstown
homicides and disappearance of Denise Beaudin.
Authorities complete DNA testing confirming the man known as Robert “Bob” Evans is
actually Terry Peder Rasmussen.
Police created a map that tracks the possible locations throughout the years of the serial killer known by several different aliases, including "Robert Evans" and "Curtis Kimball." Image: Courtesy of the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office
New Hampshire Attorney General's press briefing circa January 2017 (Prior to positive ID of "Bob Evans" as Terry Rasmussen)
Terry Rasmussen unknown victims in New Hampshire - June 2019 Three of the victims have been identified as Marlyse Honeychurch (Adult Victim) and her daughters, Marie Vaughn (Child Victim 1) and Sarah McWaters (Child Victim 3).
"Now, officials say they have identified three of the four victims, a significant step toward resolving one of New England’s most infamous cold cases. They were Marlyse Elizabeth Honeychurch, who was last seen in California on Thanksgiving in 1978, and her daughters, Marie Elizabeth Vaughn, born in 1971, and Sarah Lynn McWaters, born in 1977."
June 2019: Full video of press conference regarding identifications: https://www.wmur.com/article/full-video-authorities-reveal-ids-of-3-allenstown-victims-give-significant-updates-in-case/27795291
Denise Beaudin (left- likely victim) and Eunsoon Jun (right- known victim)
June 2019" Timeline of Terry Peder RASMUSSEN and Marlyse Elizabeth HONEYCHURCH
1943 December 23 Born in Colorado named Terry Peder RASMUSSEN.
1954 January 28 Born in Connecticut named Marlyse Elizabeth HONEYCHURCH
1954 - 1958 RASMUSSEN attended Whittier Elementary School, Phoenix, AZ.
1958 July - 1961 April RASMUSSEN resided in Phoenix with Family
1959 - 1960 RASMUSSEN attended North High School, Phoenix, AZ. RASMUSSEN dropped-out after sophomore year.
1961 April RASMUSSEN enlisted in the US Navy.
1967 July RASMUSSEN discharged from the US Navy.
1967 - 1968 RASMUSSEN moved to Hawaii and worked in his parents’ shoe shop.
1968 July 20 RASMUSSEN married wife in Hawaii.
1969 RASMUSSEN moved to Phoenix, AZ. Twin daughters born. Worked as an electrician for a boss named “Otto” (company unknown).
1969 MARLYSE is a sophomore at Stamford High School, Stamford, CT. MARLYSE moved from Connecticut to California at 15 years old.
1970 MARLYSE is a sophomore at Artesia High School, Lakewood, CA. MARLYSE is now using her mother’s last name of SALAMON and believed to be living with her mother in La Mirada, CA. MARLYSE developed a relationship with a boyfriend.
1970 RASMUSSEN family moved to Redwood City, CA. RASMUSSEN worked as an Electrician in Palo Alto, CA. RASMUSSEN’s son is born.
1971 June 12 MARLYSE married husband in Las Vegas, NV.
1971 – 1972 MARLYSE lived in various locations in California.
1971 December 6 Birth of MARLYSE’s daughter, Marie E. VAUGHN. 2
1972 RASMUSSEN’s daughter is born. RASMUSSEN and his wife temporarily separate.
1972 February MARYLSE and family are living in Los Angeles, CA.
1972 June MARYLSE and family moved to Stamford, CT and lived with MARLYSE’s father.
1973 approx. RASMUSSEN and family move back to Phoenix. RASMUSSEN again works for “Otto.” He also works in a shoe shop.
1973 February/March MARYLSE and family moved to Fall River, MA.
1973 April RASMUSSEN arrested by Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office
1973 July MARLYSE’s husband and daughter, MARIE move to Lakewood, CA. MARLYSE’s whereabouts are unknown.
1973 Summer MARLYSE traveled to Lakewood, CA and took custody of MARIE, when MARIE’s father was not present.
1974 February MARIE’s father divorces MARLYSE. MARLYSE is awarded custody of MARIE.
1974 September MARLYSE marries her second husband in Los Angeles, CA.
1975 February MARLYSE and MARIE are believed to be living in Downey, CA.
1975 May MARLYSE and MARIE are believed to be living on Camp Pendleton base in San Diego County, CA.
1975 June RASMUSSEN is arrested in Phoenix, Arizona for aggravated assault. It is believed that his wife and children left him shortly after this arrest.
1975 or 1976, December RASMUSSEN arrives unexpectedly to visit his wife and children in Payson, AZ. He is in the company of an unidentified female. RASMUSSEN indicates he was living at the Casa Del Rey Apartments in Ingleside, TX. This is the last time RASMUSSEN is seen by his family.
1976 January MARLYSE and MARIE are believed to be living in Santa Ana, CA.
1976 March 30 MARIE is brought to the base clinic because she has scarlet fever.
1976 August MARIE’s father notes his last contact with MARLYSE and MARIE was in Hawaiian Gardens, CA. 3 1977 December 13 Birth of MARLYSE’s second daughter Sarah L. MCWATERS.
1978 June RASMUSSEN works for the “Brown & Root” Company in Houston, TX. Record indicates RASMUSSEN “quit to work elsewhere.”
1978 RASMUSSEN contacts friend in Arizona and asks for money. He states he is in Texas working on an oilrig. 1978 MARLYSE and SARAH’s father separate.
1978 August 30 SARAH’s father was awarded temporary custody of SARAH. MARLYSE was awarded reasonable visitation rights.
1978 September 28 RASMUSSEN’s divorce is finalized. RASMUSSEN’s whereabouts unknown.
1978 October SARAH’s father meets and develops a relationship with a new woman. SARAH is not observed and is presumably with MARLYSE.
1978 November MARLYSE was last seen by her family on Thanksgiving at her mother’s house in La Puente, CA. MARLYSE introduced the family to Terry RASMUSSEN. This is the 1 st and only time MARLYSE’s family had contact with RASMUSSEN. MARLYSE’s family believes she left with RASMUSSEN and her two daughters. RASMUSSEN did not bring any children with him to La Puente, CA.
1978 or 1979 December A photo suggests Marie VAUGHN may have celebrated her 7th or 8th birthday with relatives in an unknown location.
1978 - 1979 (approx.) RASMUSSEN worked at Waumbec Mills in Manchester, NH as head electrician. He is now known as Bob Evans.
1980 January Elizabeth Evans signed a certified letter in Manchester, NH. RASMUSSEN is associated with the same address.
1980 February RASMUSSEN arrested in Manchester, NH as Robert T. Evans for Issuing a bad check on 12/21/1979 (insufficient funds). Wife is listed as Elizabeth.
1980 May Robert T. Evans arrested in Manchester, NH for theft of services (electricity). Spouse is listed as Elizabeth. 4
1980 October Robert T. Evans arrested in Manchester, NH as for diverting electric current. Spouse is not documented
1981 November Denise Beaudin of Manchester, NH goes missing shortly after Thanksgiving with her 6-month-old daughter and her boyfriend, Robert T. Evans (Terry Rasmussen).
1984 March - 1985 May RASMUSSEN was hired under name Curtis Kimball by electrical company in Los Alamitos, CA.
1985 May RASMUSSEN arrested in Cypress, CA as Curtis Mayo Kimball for DUI.
1985 November First barrel found adjacent to Bear Brook State Park, Allenstown, NH containing an unidentified adult female (23-33 yoa) and female child (5-11 yoa).
1986 January RASMUSSEN in Santa Cruz County, CA living & working at the Holiday Host RV Park in Scotts Valley under name Gordon Jenson.
1986 June RASMUSSEN abandoned a child (Denise Beaudin’s daughter) in California and fled.
1986 September Fingerprints match between Gordon Jenson and Curtis Mayo Kimball confirming they were the same person.
1988 November RASMUSSEN pulled over in San Luis Obispo, CA under the name Gerry Mockerman, driving a stolen vehicle from Preston, Idaho.
1989 March RASMUSSEN arrested in California on warrants for child abandonment and sentenced to 3 years. 1990 October RASMUSSEN was paroled and absconded the following day in California.
1998 June RASMUSSEN stopped in California under the name Lawrence William Vanner and cited for not having insurance or a driver’s license.
2000 May Second barrel found adjacent to Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown, NH containing two unidentified female children (2-4 yoa) and (1-3 yoa). The 2-4 yoa child was later determined to be RASMUSSEN’S biological child.
2002 June RASMUSSEN’s girlfriend, Eunsoon Jun disappears from Richmond, CA. 5
2002 November RASMUSSEN arrested for Eunsoon Jun’s murder and parole violation.
2003 June RASMUSSEN convicted of Eunsoon Jun’s murder and sentenced to prison for 15 years to life.
2003 August DNA testing confirmed that the RASMUSSEN was not the biological father of the child he abandoned in June 1986 (Denise Beaudin’s daughter).
2010 December RASMUSSEN died in prison.
2016 July The California San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office contacted New Hampshire authorities reference RASMUSSEN and his connection to New Hampshire.
2016 October DNA confirmed that RASMUSSEN was the biological father of the unidentified 2-4 year old little girl found dead in Allenstown, NH in 2000.
2017 January Authorities release details of subject Robert “Bob” Evans and his connection to the Allenstown homicides and disappearance of Denise Beaudin.
2017 July Authorities complete DNA testing confirming the man known as Robert “Bob” Evans is actually Terry Peder RASMUSSEN.
2019 June Authorities announce that three of the four Allenstown victims have been identified as Marlyse Honeychurch, Marie Vaugh, and Sarah McWaters.
Press Briefing to be Held on June 6, 2019, Regarding the Allenstown, New Hampshire Homicide Case - PDF documents on link:
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