Top Reconstruction by Frank Bender. Bottom reconstruction by NCMEC.
Unidentified White Female Discovered on January 24, 1988 in Bensalem, Bucks County
Vital Statistics Estimated Time of Death: 1-5 years, but most likely more than 3 years, prior to being found State of Remains: skeletal
Vital Statistics Estimated Age: 17 to 23 years old Estimated Height: 5'-5'3" Estimated Weight: 100-120 lbs Haircolor: Brown Other: she was six months pregnant when she died. Clothing/Jewelry: Braxton stretch designer jeans (size 8), a purple lace camisole, black leather open-toed platform shoes (size 8 to 8 1/2) and a black bodysuit top. She was also wearing an oval sterling silver ring with five clear stones and five additional stones missing and a silver colored ring with a belt-and-buckle design. Other clothing found near the remains: a black blouse with gold and silver metallic threads, gray leather high-heeled pump shoes (size 6 to 6 1/2), a white patterned pullover dress and black mesh stockings. It is unknown if the additional clothing belonged to the victim. DNA: available Dentals: available
Case History On January 24, 1988, a man walking his dog discovered the skeletal remains of a young woman in a valve/pumphouse at the old Publicker distillery property on State Road in Bensalem.
About 8 inches of water and oil fuel had to be pumped out of the vault-like structure to retrieve the remains.
The pumphouse, which was mostly underground, housed pipes and valves that connected to a concrete storage tank, which was once used to store distilled spirits that had been manufactured at the distillery. The distillery was closed down in the early 70s. In 1974, the six huge storage tanks on the property were being used to store fuel oil, which in all likelyhood was the cause of the oil found in the pumphouse. By the time the victim was found, the property had become an illegal dumping ground for stolen vehicles and was well known to local criminals.
Flyers with a picture of Frank Bender's reconstruction were distributed to school guidance counselors and doctors' offices (particulary obstetrician/gynecologists), clinics and local police departments. Dental records were also distributed. There were, at the time, 50 missing person reports nationwide that fit the description of the woman, but all of them were eliminated from the investigation.
More recently, DNA comparison was conducted between the Publicker girl and Tracy Ann Byrd . The results were negative. Publicker Jane Doe is not Tracy.