Princess Doe was a teenager or young adult who was found murdered in a cemetery in Blairstown, New Jersey.
Princess Doe was found days after her death. She had begun to decompose and her head had been severely damaged by a blunt object.
It is not known if she was sexually assaulted or raped, although her skirt was found removed from her body and thrown on top of her legs and she was not wearing underwear. No semen was found, as the body was too decomposed.
She was given the name "Princess" by Lt. Eric Kranz of the Blairstown police, who wanted her to be known by a different name such as Jane Doe, to distinguish her case from others easily.
The New Jersey State Police believed Princess Doe was Diane Dye for years, despite inconsistencies with dental charting. The media sensationalized the story, claiming an official identification had taken place. Dye was finally ruled out by DNA in 2003.
Her clothing was manufactured in the US Mid-west and at least three people say they bought similar clothing at a now-closed Long Island store.
Recent isotope analysis of Princess Doe's remains indicated that she had spent time in various regions of the United States before her murder, including possible locations such as Arizona.
The victim was possibly seen alive at a supermarket by a mother and child, who recognized the clothing found with Princess Doe's body. The woman described the victim wearing her hair in a bun with a stoic facial expression. This was two days before the body was found, which is consistent with law enforcement's updated belief that she was killed only days before her discovery.
Arthur and Donna Kinlaw
In 1999, Arthur and Donna Kinlaw confessed to the murder of the victim. The Kinlaws ran a prostitution ring and were involved in murder, robbery, forgery, burglary, and welfare fraud in seven states during the 1980s. They told authorities she was a young prostitute Arthur brought home one day, then left home, and killed, with one report stating Donna saying she witnessed Arthur commit the murder where the body was found. Arthur apparently burned his clothing and cleaned his vehicle and threatened Donna not to tell the authorities. Arthur Kinlaw was convicted to life in prison in two other second-degree homicide cases. Donna Kinlaw was convicted on a manslaughter charge in of the cases and was released in 2003. However, they were not charged in this case because investigators believed they lack credibility in this case.
- She had brown, shoulder length hair.
- Her left ear was pierced twice. It is unknown if her right ear was pierced, due to decomposition.
- Princess Doe had painted the nails on her right hand red.
- She wore blue eye shadow.
- Her top two front teeth appeared slightly darker than the rest.
- No trace of drugs were found in her system. Some reports claim Princess Doe's blood contained alcohol. According to Lt. Kranz, Princess Doe's blood had actually fermented during decomposition.
Clothing and accessories
- Princess Doe wore a skirt that was red and white with a peacock design on the bottom portion.
- She wore a red T-Shirt.
- A gold necklace with a cross pendant was found tangled in her hair.
- Her case appeared on America's Most Wanted.
- The television program MISSING covered the case during an episode.
- A fictionalized account of the murder appeared on MTV's Fear.
- A hypothetical account of the case was the subject of the book The Untold Story of Princess Doe by Christie Leigh Napurano.