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    NJ - Lorraine Rea Herbster, 17, Westampton Twnshp, 9 Mar 1979

    Lorraine Rea Herbster
    Missing since March 9, 1979 from Westampton Township, New Jersey.
    Classification: Endangered Missing
    The Doe Network: Case File 1412DFNJ
    Agency Case Number: H0258854
    NCIC Number: M-306637948

    Vital Statistics
    Date Of Birth: January 16, 1962
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 17 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'4"; 125 lbs.
    Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown hair; green eyes.
    Clothing: Blue jeans, blouse, white coat sweater with a belt tied in the back and a hood folded over the back, knee socks, brown hiking boots, part suede, part leather, size 81/2.
    Dentals: Available

    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Herbster was last seen on March 9, 1979 in Westampton Township, NJ, while walking home from her new job at a Mount Holly electronics firm.
    Police have never been able to substantiate persistent rumors she was slain and her body dumped at a local construction site.

    Westampton Township Police Department 609-267-8300

    Source Information:
    California Department of Justice
    Burlington Times

    Link
    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/1412dfnj.html
    Last edited by SheWhoMustNotBeNamed; 05-02-2010 at 03:32 PM. Reason: updated doe network link

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    NJ-Lorraine Rea Herbster Missing since March 9, 1979

    Lorraine Rea Herbster
    Missing since March 9, 1979 from Westampton Township, New Jersey.
    Classification: Endangered Missing
    The Doe Network: Case File 1412DFNJ
    Agency Case Number: H0258854
    NCIC Number: M-306637948

    Vital Statistics
    Date Of Birth: January 16, 1962
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 17 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'4"; 125 lbs.
    Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown hair; green eyes.
    Clothing: Blue jeans, blouse, white coat sweater with a belt tied in the back and a hood folded over the back, knee socks, brown hiking boots, part suede, part leather, size 8 1/2.
    Dentals: Available

    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Herbster was last seen on March 9, 1979 in Westampton Township, NJ, while walking home from her new job at a Mount Holly electronics firm.
    Police have never been able to substantiate persistent rumors she was slain and her body dumped at a local construction site.

    Westampton Township Police Department 609-267-8300

    Source Information:
    California Department of Justice
    Burlington Times

    Link
    http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/1412dfnj.html

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    Any more information?

    Does anyone have any more information on Lorraine Herbster's disappearance? I posted this case a year ago and got no replies or comments, although there has been some mention of other New Jersey cases from around that time frame.

    I wonder how valid it is when some serial killers are said to have certain "preferences" in selecting victims. I doubt that the majority of them stick to any such pattern, but perhaps there are some. Ted Bundy, for instance, was said to prefer girls with long straight dark hair, parted down the middle.

    Below are two links. The first is to Lorraine Herbster's photo and case history on Doenetwork. She disappeared in 1979. Below that is a link to an unknown girl murdered in Connecticut in 1975. I was struck by the resemblence, even though the unknown girl died four years before Lorraine disappeared.

    http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/1412dfnj.html

    http://doenetwork.us/cases/93ufct.html

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    search results 2- passes

    I will try not to get in too big a hurry to get my info right this time. Having said that: I ran across this website listing a Jane doe and also listing some possible matches.

    https://mavdisk.mnsu.edu/bittid/

    possible match listing (scroll down to find the name Lorraine Rea Herbster)
    https://mavdisk.mnsu.edu/bittid/missingperson.htm
    Doesnt sound too likely but I post it to let the rest of you also look over the info.
    ***********************

    I also ran into this person whose apparent age does not seem right but the surname is right and the middle initial is an "L" - Maybe a relative? The face sort of looks like a relative to me.
    http://www.lowenstein.com/bio34/people/herbster.shtml

    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/..._lorraine.html
    ***************
    The eyebrows look similar on this pic but not a likely match if thats a married name
    http://www.cfcfa.org/cfastaff.html


    Thats about all that has popped up on the first couple of passes with free search engines.

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    I ran this young lady's name through NewspaperArchives, didn't come up with anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard
    Police have never been able to substantiate persistent rumors she was slain and her body dumped at a local construction site.
    Richard,

    It sounds like someone knows something. The reports do not contain much to go on. I wish more families would create websites and submit all the info they have collected personally. Sometimes it's the smallest detail that can solve a case. I think it would certainly be in their best interest to get the info out there.

    I would be willing to help create web sites for families who may not have the ability to do it for themselves.
    Last edited by Yaya; 12-17-2005 at 11:18 PM.

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    She kind of resembles Princess Doe.

    http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/36ufnj.html

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    In reading the information on Lorainne from the Charley project, it says when she left work with a co-worker, she was dropped off within two miles of her home, that doesn't seem to make much sense to me, I wonder if this co-worker was a woman or a man. There are more articles on Lorraine at Newslibrary. You can do a search on her name and purchase individual articles.

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    I wonder

    I wonder if DeBardeleben might have had anything to do with this case.
    He was said to have worked about 39 states and was allegedly active in 1979.

    I note one of his possible victems was also last seen wearing a white sweater.("a hip-length white sweater with brown buttons ")
    And is similar in size and hair color.
    http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/10dfma.html

    "white coat sweater "
    http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/1412dfnj.html

    Lorraine Rea Herbster was 5'4 & 125 lbs. & brn hair-March 9, 1979 -New Jersey
    Judith Ann Chartier was 5'5, 135 pounds & Brown curly hair-June 5, 1982 -Massachusetts

    "The agents realized that DeBardeleben was possibly the elusive suspect in two cases of abduction and rape in 1979. He had often posed as a law enforcement officer, gaining the trust of his victims or insisting they accompany him before forcing them to do his will. "
    http://www.crimelibrary.com/serial_k...en/evil_3.html

    Although he was said to be active in 1979 I don't know where he was that year.

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    From the Philadelphia press
    August 7, 2001

    Lorraine "Lori" Herbster left her job in Mount Holly at 4 p.m. March 9th, 1979, never to be reported seen again.

    A colleague from her electronics job drove the 17-year-old halfway home, and she set out to walk the rest of the two miles to her Westampton home.

    She never made it there. A witness reported seeing her walking at 5:15 p.m. Police doubted she was a runaway, citing the personal items she left home.

    Bruce Reed, now the township's police chief, was a patrol officer when Herbster vanished.

    " We work on the case, actively, all the time" he said " Any time a body is located anywhere and it's anywhere close to a match, we get a teletype. We've probably had at least 300 or 400 possibilities over the last 20 years, but none of them were her."

    The unsolved case plagues Reed, who brags that the township- with 8,000 residents in 12 square miles- hasn't had a homicide since 1986.

    "We really would like to find out what happened" he said.


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    In addition to Lorraine, there seems to be a lot of girls who went missing in this time frame. Also in a very close proximity. I have never found any information about a serial killer in the area. These girls were all between 14-17 years of age. Usually these were not investigated back then. They were presumed runaways.


    Margaret Ellen Fox Burlington NJ- June 24, 1974
    Edna Christine Thorne Philadelphia PA June 24, 1975
    Tracy Ann King Littlestown PA- July 8, 1975
    Carolyn Majane Moorestown NJ August 22, 1975 located December 1985



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    A little more about Lorraine at this link, hit link scroll down.

    http://www.cold-cases.net/index.php/C40/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollow
    In reading the information on Lorainne from the Charley project, it says when she left work with a co-worker, she was dropped off within two miles of her home, that doesn't seem to make much sense to me, I wonder if this co-worker was a woman or a man.
    Hollow,
    Between you, me, and this computer screen my money is on the co-worker. No mention of why she was dropped off 2 miles from home. I would make bet it was a man. "I am such a cynic" But then again some of the most obvious answers are the right ones.

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    Yaya, I think the same thing. Why in the world wouldn't they just drive her all of the way home. I bet if they ever find her, the person who drove her home will be the first person the police look at again.

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    Still missing...

    Lorraine Rea Herbster

    Report Type: Unknown Circumstances
    Sex: Female
    Race: White
    Hair: Brown
    Eye Color: Green
    Height: 5 ft. 04 in.
    Weight: 125 lbs.
    Date of Birth: 1/16/1962
    Dental X-rays Available
    Clothing: Blue jeans, blouse, white coat sweater with a belt tied in the back and a hood folded over the back, knee socks, brown hiking boots, part suede, part leather, size 81/2. She was also carrying a reddish brown t - ?

    Lorraine was last seen on March 9, 1979 in Westampton Township, NJ.
    CONTACT
    Agency: Westampton Township (NJ) Police Department
    Phone Number: (609) 267-8300
    Case Number: H0258854

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