New London Jane Doe was a young woman whose partial skeletal remains were found in New London, Ohio in 2016.

Case

On September 17, 2016, 72 human bones were discovered under newspaper inside a garage in New London. The property was the former residence of New London mayor Darwin "Dar" Anderson from 1982 to 2015. A forensic anthropologist analyzed the remains and determined they were likely from a young woman who was between the ages of 13 and 20, and stood between 4'10" and 5'6" tall. There were no signs of dental work. Additionally, parts of the skull, sacrum, and pelvis appeared to have been cut by a power saw.

In January 2020, the nonprofit organization The Porchlight Project announced that it would assist the New London Police Department with funding of DNA testing and genetic genealogy.

In October 2020, The Porchlight Project stated that the genealogy research revealed a link to a schoolteacher named Hallie Armstrong. She died in 1881 at the age of 18. Her cause of death was listed as unknown and she was reportedly buried in Sugar Grove Cemetery in Wilmington, Ohio. She hasn't been definitively identified because there are no close DNA matches currently available.

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