Beth Doe Identified as Pregnant Teen Who Vanished in 1976

The father of 15-year-old Evelyn Colon’s unborn child was arrested and charged with murder.

Five days before Christmas in 1976, a 14-year-old boy was walking along the Lehigh Riverbank in Eastern Pennsylvania when he came across a sight he would never forget. An open suitcase was lying in the weeds, inside was a severed head. An 8-month fetus and two halves of a dismembered torso were scattered nearby.

The authorities were called and two additional suitcases containing the victim’s arms and legs were found 20 feet from the river. All three suitcases were vinyl, they had been spray-painted black and the handles had been removed. Some of the victim’s body parts were wrapped in a red bedspread, others with pages from the New York Sunday Newspaper dated that same year.

Investigators concluded the suitcases had been thrown out of a vehicle travelling west on Interstate 80 over the Lehigh River Bridge with the intention for them to land in the river. They did not, and the impact of the 300-foot fall had broken one of the suitcases wide open, creating a gruesome trail of severed body parts.

An autopsy completed by December 23 showed the remains belonged to a female between the ages of 15 and 25 and her unborn child. The victim had been deceased for less than 24 hours. No one knew who she was; Carbon County named her Beth Doe.

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