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    PA - Barbara Rowan, 14, murdered in Bensalem, 3 August 1984

    Name: Barbara Rowan
    Age at Time of Disapperance: 14
    Gender: Female
    From City/State: Bensalem, PA

    Circumstances of Disappearance: Barbara left her first floor apartment at approximately 3:00pm on August 3, 1984 in the vicinity of the 4000 block of Old Lincoln Hwy, in Trevose, PA.

    Circumstances of Discovery: Close to her residence on August 16, 1984, her nude body was found, bound and gagged. A vehicle had been seen in the area of her body and is described as a white, late 1970 full size car driven by an unknown male. The man is described as white with dark complexion, dark hair, mustache, possibly 20-30 years old and wearing a tan sports shirt. In addition, a dark green 1974 Chevrolet Impala was seen in the area. A suspect had been developed but could not be charged due to insufficient evidence.

    Investigative Agency: Bensalem Police Department
    Phone: (215) 633-3660
    Website: http://www.bensalem-township.com/cis.asp

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    http://www.theyaremissed.org/ncma/ga...hp?C200301463W

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    There are quite a few girls missing from Pennsylvania under suspicious circumstances. Here is one from the same town as Barbara Rowan, same age, missing only a year earlier. I wonder if there is a connection between this case and some of the others?

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    TRACY ANN BYRD
    DOB: Jul 7, 1968
    Missing: Mar 7, 1983
    Age at time: 14
    Age Now: 36
    Sex: Female
    Race: White
    Hair: Blonde
    Eyes: Blue
    Height: 5'0" (152 cm)
    Weight: 95 lbs (43 kg)
    Missing From: BENSALEM TOWNSHIP, PA, United States
    Non-Family Abduction

    Child was last seen by a family friend who dropped her off at school. She did not attend classes that day. Child has pierced ears and her hair is strawberry blonde. Partial dental records are available.

    Bensalem Township Police Department (Pennsylvania) - Missing Persons Unit 1-215-639-3700

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    http://www.missingkids.com/missingki...archLang=en_US

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    Any more information?

    I posted on the above two cases some time ago, but got no replies. I thought with the recent interest in similar cases, I would bump it up and see if anyone might be able to find more information on either of these two cases. I have a feeling that they might be linked, and if so, perhaps other similar cases might also be connected.

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    Any further information on the dark green 1974 impala? Was it just cited by a witness or did they find out whose it was?





    Quote Originally Posted by Richard
    Name: Barbara Rowan
    Age at Time of Disapperance: 14
    Gender: Female
    From City/State: Bensalem, PA

    Circumstances of Disappearance: Barbara left her first floor apartment at approximately 3:00pm on August 3, 1984 in the vicinity of the 4000 block of Old Lincoln Hwy, in Trevose, PA.

    Circumstances of Discovery: Close to her residence on August 16, 1984, her nude body was found, bound and gagged. A vehicle had been seen in the area of her body and is described as a white, late 1970 full size car driven by an unknown male. The man is described as white with dark complexion, dark hair, mustache, possibly 20-30 years old and wearing a tan sports shirt. In addition, a dark green 1974 Chevrolet Impala was seen in the area. A suspect had been developed but could not be charged due to insufficient evidence.

    Investigative Agency: Bensalem Police Department
    Phone: (215) 633-3660
    Website: http://www.bensalem-township.com/cis.asp

    Link
    http://www.theyaremissed.org/ncma/ga...hp?C200301463W

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    Shelly Luty was not that far from Bensalem either..
    http://www.geocities.com/awagner615/...tyMissing.html


    [QUOTE=Richard]There are quite a few girls missing from Pennsylvania under suspicious circumstances. Here is one from the same town as Barbara Rowan, same age, missing only a year earlier. I wonder if there is a connection between this case and some of the others?

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    Thanks Richard for bumping this... I hope you will do it with more cases.

    Seeing this makes me wonder if you haven't struck on something... you know yourself how hard it is for LE to make the connection sometimes.

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    Richard, they long have suspected a serial killer was operating in that area around this time...When I came to the Doe Network, I noticed a huge amount of brunettes missing in PA while searching for a match for the Frederick Jane doe. I sent a list to the state police here and was told investigators long since believe a serial killer was operating in the area. There was a truck driver interviewed with the Frederick Jane Doe case and apparently he operated in this area.

    MD
    http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/237ufmd.html 1991 Jane Doe, Frederick
    Tracy Hoffmaster, found 1996 not far rom this site http://www.cityoffrederick.com/departments/Police/Homicides.htm
    PA cases:

    1987 http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/51dfpa.html
    1988 Jane Doe http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/461ufpa.html
    1989 http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/899dfpa.html
    1989 http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/601dfpa.html (may be domestic)
    1989 http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/19dfpa.html
    1990 Jane Doe http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/246ufpa.html
    1991 http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/260dfpa.html
    1991 http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/166dfpa.html
    1992 http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/602dfpa.html
    1992 Jane Doe http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/179ufpa.html
    1993 http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/852dfpa.html
    1993 http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/769dfpa.html
    1995 http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/1285dfpa.html

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    Pennsylvania cases

    Quote Originally Posted by marylandmissing
    Richard, they long have suspected a serial killer was operating in that area around this time...When I came to the Doe Network, I noticed a huge amount of brunettes missing in PA while searching for a match for the Frederick Jane doe. I sent a list to the state police here and was told investigators long since believe a serial killer was operating in the area. There was a truck driver interviewed with the Frederick Jane Doe case and apparently he operated in this area.

    MD
    http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/237ufmd.html 1991 Jane Doe, Frederick
    Tracy Hoffmaster, found 1996 not far rom this site http://www.cityoffrederick.com/departments/Police/Homicides.htm
    PA cases:

    1987 http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/51dfpa.html
    1988 Jane Doe http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/461ufpa.html
    1989 http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/899dfpa.html
    1989 http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/601dfpa.html (may be domestic)
    1989 http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/19dfpa.html
    1990 Jane Doe http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/246ufpa.html
    1991 http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/260dfpa.html
    1991 http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/166dfpa.html
    1992 http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/602dfpa.html
    1992 Jane Doe http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/179ufpa.html
    1993 http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/852dfpa.html
    1993 http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/769dfpa.html
    1995 http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/1285dfpa.html
    Thank you for all the links. Some of them I have seen, but others I had not. There definitely seems to be some patterns and similarities among them. It is hard to say if it is the same killer at work, or if there are several who do essentially the same thing. Frederick Maryland is very close to Pennsylvania. I go by it several times each year when driving to Gettysburg, PA.

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    The Daily Intelligencer
    Aug 19th 1984
    Doylestown, PA

    The search continued Saturday for suspects in the murder of a girl believed to be 14-year-old Barbara Rowan-missing for two weeks from her Bensalem trailer park home.
    .......
    The victim was suffocated according to Dr. Thomas J. Rosko, Buck's county coroner.
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    The badly decomposed, partially clad body was discovered about 5:30 p.m Thursday in dense weeds about a dozen feet from the edge of Noth River Drive-scarcely a mile from her home-by a resident of a nearby cluster of River Drive homes who was looking for his dog....
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    The Daily Intelligencer
    Nov 28th 1984
    Doylestown PA
    A sealed indictment handed up by a New Castle Del. grand jury led to the arrest last Friday of Paul Edward Greenwald, 38, of.....Philadelphia on charges he kidnapped and murdered his estranged wife Jean Louise Byrd, 36, of Bensalem Township.
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    A spokesman for the Delaware State Troopers said the indictment states the murder of Mrs. Byrd occurred between Oct. 8th and Oct. 18th, 1983 in the Blackbird State Forest, a wilderness area about two miles east of Delaware's Route 13, south of Smyrna.
    Mrs Byrd died of asphyxiation her mouth bound with heavy tape, according to records. She had been abducted from the apartment complex parking lot. Her decomposed body was found by a man walking through the woods 11 days after her kidnapping.
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    In 1980 , Greenwald had been convicted of kidnapping Mrs. Byrd at knife point and was placed on probation.
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    ..said there was no evidence to link Greenwald to the girl's disappearance. An intense search of the area where Mrs. Byrd's partially clad body was turned up gave no evidence of her daughter.
    Bensalem police declined to confirm foul play in Tracy's disappearance.They continue to list her as a missing person.They said she was driven by a friend of the family to Bensalem High School on Hulmeville road, but the girl never got to class.
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    It just burns me when LE suspects a serial killer, and the don't advise the public. And that is supposed to be for our own good (to prevent a public panic)
    Like that is supposed to outweigh the advantage of knowing that Hey, there is a serial killer out there and he may be running around looking for someone to murder.
    The public seems to handle it ok when rapists and murderers break out of jail, and run, and LE wants them back. Even knowing that a desperate criminal is on the loose, the public is naturally interested but no panic.
    I think the main reason they don't publicize a serial, is because they don't want the added pressure of the public scrunitizing their investigation into the murders and the pressure from the public to solve them.
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


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    It bugs me that they didn't think that all three of these cases were related. Hmmmm!!!

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    Tracy Byrd disappeared 7 months before her mother was murdered.

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    The Intelligencer
    Sept. 13th, 1987
    Doylestown PA

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    On March 8, 1983, Tracy was dropped off at Bensalem High School by her mother's boyfriend, Paul Greenwald. Tracy, who had been suspended and hadn't told her mother, then unsuccessfully tried to get other friends to join her by skipping classes, since she wasn't allowed in the school.
    Tracy apparentely then ran away that afternoon, leaving rumors circulating that she was pregnant.
    .........
    Greenwald pleaded guilty to her (Jean) murder, but no connection could be made to Tracy's disappearance. On the day of his sentencing, Greenwald was found dead in his cell of an overdose of medication.
    According to Bensalem police Detective Terry Lachman, one of the few people who believes Tracy is still alive,believes Tracy may still be in the area Lachman said recently many calls have come in from people who went to school with her, saying they have seen her in places such as Space Port in Oxford Valley Mall and in Neshaminy Mall.
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    Are any photos available of Greenwald to compare to the description of the man seen in the area of Rowan's body? It would be interesting to know what type of vehicle Greenwald was operating.

    Is it possible that Tracey called Greenwald from school to pick up her when she was unable to talk any of her friends into mischief?

    I'm also curious as to where Greenwald would have been working at the time of Tracey's disappearance.

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    I didn't find any photos of Greenwald, but another article I read stated theat he was being sentenced for a "manslaughter" charge. So, because he pled guilty they probably made him a deal. He would have been out again in no time flat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollow
    I didn't find any photos of Greenwald, but another article I read stated theat he was being sentenced for a "manslaughter" charge. So, because he pled guilty they probably made him a deal. He would have been out again in no time flat.
    When was that? If he is still incarcerated, he might be on the correctional facility website with pic.
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


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    According to Hollow's post (#15) Greenwald killed himself, I'm assuming sometime in '84.

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    Greenwald Arrest Photos...

    Quote Originally Posted by shadowangel
    Are any photos available of Greenwald to compare to the description of the man seen in the area of Rowan's body? It would be interesting to know what type of vehicle Greenwald was operating.

    Is it possible that Tracey called Greenwald from school to pick up her when she was unable to talk any of her friends into mischief?

    I'm also curious as to where Greenwald would have been working at the time of Tracey's disappearance.
    Greenwald would certainly have been photographed and fingerprinted as a routine procedure upon his arrest. Those photos should be available to investigators involved in the other two cases.

    If Greenwald had been in his car at the time of arrest, or if it had been identified in a search warrant, that information would be available as well.

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    The Daily Intelligencer
    Thursday, Dec 19th 1985
    Doylestown PA

    ........After Greenwald decided to plead guilty, prosecutors tried unsuccessfully to obtain information from him concerning Tracy's disappearance, Jennings said.
    " We were hoping we could get answers to a lot of questions," Jennings said "He admitted to nothing."
    Jennings said Greenwald did not disclose a motive for killing Byrd. At the time of her disappearance, friends said she had seperated from him and grown fearful of him.
    Two years before the murder, Greenwald pleaded guilty in Bucks County Court to kidnapping and assaulting Byrd in an incident that began in a Middletown apartment where she was staying with another man.
    Greenwald stabbed the man with a knife, abducted Byrd and led police on a high-speed car chase into Trenton, where he was captured, according to police and court records.
    Byrd, however, spoke in defense of Greenwald at his sentencing in that case, influencing Presideng Judge Isaac S. garb to sentence him to five years probation, said Robert Goldman, chief deputy district attorney, who handled the case.
    "She spoke up to mitigate the facts" Goldman said "She made excuses for his actions. We didn't agree to probation. I'm sure the judge's sentencing was based in part on what Jean Byrd said about Greenwald."
    Goldman said he saw the Byrd tragedy as a classic example of "battered woman syndrome."

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    Kind of off topic, with the Byrd case and all, (unless they are connected). Does anyone else think that maybe Tracy was pregnant and maybe the father might have been Paul Greenwald and that was the motive for killing Jean Byrd?? I also think it was odd that he committed suicide (if that is what happened) when facing a manslaughter charge, which was like nothing back then. Maybe his conscience got to him??

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    The Daily Intelligencer
    Sunday Aug. 19th 1984
    Doylestown PA

    ...The victim was suffocated, according to Dr. Thomas J. Rosko County Coroner.
    ...He said an effort is being made to locate dental records that could confirm the identification.
    Rosko also said the victim suffered no broken bones, no stab wounds nor gunshot wounds. He listed the death as resulting from asphyxiation by suffocation.......
    When Miss Rowan disappeared she was reportedly wearing a blue top, blue shorts and blue flip-flops. She was also carrying a softball and a baseball glove and a portable AM-FM cassette radio.
    ...The body had been covered with branches,indicating the murderer intended the body not be found.
    ...Zajac said Barbara's mother, Patricia, 31, who is a patient at Frankford Hospital's Torresdale Division where she had undergone gallbladder surgery, was informed by her husband, Robert T. Rowan, 41, of the finding of the girl's body.
    It was Rowan who first drew public attention to his daughter's disappearance.
    Rowan insisted his daughter had headed up Bristol Road to the Mall Motel about 3 p.m. to play with a girlfriend who lives there. He said he and his wife became concerned when she failed to return home at 5 p.m. He notified police at about 7:30 p.m.
    Zajac discounted Rowan's time estimates, saying that the police were not notified until 9:28 p.m. He said investigators subsequently learned that Miss Rowan did not head for the motel but had been playing baseball in the trailer park.

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    In and around the time Barbara disappeared , in this area, the Warlock Motorcycle Gang seemed to be creating a lot of havoc. I at first discounted why in articles I read, police seemed to keep connecting them to suspicion on some of the disappearances of these young girls from the Philadelphia and Delaware County area. I read an article last night that a Robert " Mudman" Simon, who was a cop killer BTW and was beaten to death while sitting on Death Row by another inmate, was convicted of the 1977 death of a young lady named Beth Smith. Miss Smith's body was recovered from a water filled pit in Luzerne County PA. She had been shot once in the forehead. Mudman was convicted of her death because a fellow gang member made a deal with authorities and told of how Beth went to a party with Mudman and refused to share her favors with the whole gang so he shot her in the head with a revolver. Other people at the party also testified to this. It makes me wonder about these other four murders in that area:
    Debra Jean Delozier 1975, found in the Tinicum Marsh, shot in the forehead
    Denise Seaman 1975, found in the Tinicum Marsh, shot in the forehead
    Mary Ann Lees 1975, found in the Schuylkill River, shot in the forehead
    Layne Dorothy Spicer 1975, found in the Schuylkill river, shot in the forehead

    Also Wendy Eaton, who is still listed as missing from this area, was a friend of Denise Seaman. I wonder how many of these 70's missing girls tie into Mudman.

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    Mudman...

    Quote Originally Posted by Hollow
    ... Beth went to a party with Mudman and refused to share her favors with the whole gang so he shot her in the head with a revolver. Other people at the party also testified to this. It makes me wonder about these other four murders in that area:
    Debra Jean Delozier 1975, found in the Tinicum Marsh, shot in the forehead
    Denise Seaman 1975, found in the Tinicum Marsh, shot in the forehead
    Mary Ann Lees 1975, found in the Schuylkill River, shot in the forehead
    Layne Dorothy Spicer 1975, found in the Schuylkill river, shot in the forehead

    Also Wendy Eaton, who is still listed as missing from this area, was a friend of Denise Seaman. I wonder how many of these 70's missing girls tie into Mudman.
    These murders all sound very similar. It would be surprising if LE did not connect them back in 1975. What were the balistics on the weapon used? Was it the same caliber? Were any bullets or casings recovered?

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