Circumstances of Recovery: White male recovered from the Schuylkill River at River Rd. He was wearing clothing, which was subsequently determined to have at one time belonged to a patient at the Veterans Hospital in Coatesville, PA. Identifying markings were on the inner seam of a shirt and his undershorts, in the name of "Bruse Bennett", who was determined to be alive during the investigation.
Other distinguishing characteristics: Known as “Joseph Zale”, to his roommates and acquaintances for 20 years, his identity remains unknown. Most of his teeth are absent. His roommates claim that he was in the Navy in WWII, that he could have been from Pennsylvania, that his last name could have been changed from “Zalenski”, and that he never used a birth date, nor signed his name to any documents. His social security number was false. He worked odd jobs and relied on gambling winnings for financial support.
The sweater he was wearing came from stores located in Doylestown PA or Hatboro PA which is roughly 65 miles from where he was found. His cause of death has been reported as suicide by drug overdose.
Body exhumed in Berks County as part of missing person cases
John Doe was found near The Pinnacle in the 1970s
By: 69 News
Posted: Aug 05, 2019 02:01 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 05, 2019 04:22 PM EDT
CUMRU TWP., Pa. - Officials in Berks County have exhumed an unidentified body as part of two missing persons cases in two separate states.
Officials on Monday exhumed the body at Potter's Field. The John Doe was found in a cave near the Blue Mountain ridge in Berks County in 1977. Authorities said no foul play was suspected in that case.
Now, the body has been exhumed in connection with two missing persons cases in Florida and Illinois.
WFMZ's Jim Vasil will have more on the investigation at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
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Was this teen whose remains were found in 1973 from the
March 23, 2017 04:02 PM
Updated March 23, 2017 04:45 PM
Recent scientific testing on the remains of a teenage girl that were found in Pennsylvania in 1973 show she was
likely from the Southeast, possibly the Carolinas, according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited
On Oct. 10, 1973, the body of a young woman was found on the Edward Martin Military Reserve in Fort
Indiantown Gap, Pa. She is known only as Jane Doe.
An anthropological exam has concluded the teen had been dead for up to three weeks, the center announced
Thursday. The teen was white, possibly of southeast European descent and 16 to 19 years old. She was 5-feet-5 to
5-feet-8 inches tall, the exam showed.
No cause or manner of death could be determined, according to the center. Today's top news by email The local news you need to start your day Enter Email Address The center facilitated a chemical isotope analysis on the remains through the University of South Florida’s Forensic Anthropology Center and associate professor Erin Kimmerle. The analysis concluded she was probably born and raised in the Southeast, including central-east Texas, eastern Oklahoma, Arkansas, southern Missouri, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, central and southern West Virginia, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas, southern and eastern Virginia into southern Maryland and Delaware shores. The center created a 3D facial reconstruction of the teen using a CT scan of the skull found in Pennsylvania in 1973. Anyone with information about Jane Doe is urged to call the Pennsylvania State Police at 717-865-2194 or the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-842-5678).
The area she was found in is marked by the black star. The green shaded areas are where the isotopes indicate she was born and raised in.
"We know her family and friends are still alive," Schweiker said. "Her story needs to get into their hands."
Anyone with any information about Jane Doe is asked to call Cpl. Nathan Trate at the Pennsylvania State Police Jonestown at 717-865-2194 or the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-842-5678).
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