Jane Doe identified as Elizabeth Lamotte who went missing in 1984

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Elizabeth Lamotte

Back in January 2017, I wrote about the Allenstown Four murders where the police had identified the murderer as being Robert Evans aka as Terry Rasmusen,  At that time the police asked for help to identify three children and a woman who was found in a barrel.  Police believed the woman might have been Evan’s wife, Elizabeth Evans.

Allentown Four Murders

A tip came in that stated that a 17-year-old Elizabeth Lamotte had gone missing from Manchester on November 22, 1984 and that Lamotte could be the Elizabeth Evans that police were trying to identify.

Back in April 14, 1984, a partially decomposed body of a young female was found along Interstate 81 in Greene County, Tennessee.  The female remained a Jane Doe over the years.  For unknown, unreleased reasons, she was not reported missing till 2017.

In 2018, with the tip the police received, they went to the family of Elizabeth Lamotte to obtained DNA samples from two of her brothers.  The DNA samples resulted in the match to the remains found in Tennessee, but not to the woman in the barrel.

Although Lamotte is no longer a Jane Doe, there are still a lot of unanswered questions and the investigations into both Lamotte’s disappearance and death and the identity of Elizabeth Evans are ongoing.  Authorities are asking for continued tips into both of the cases.

At the time of her disappearance, Lamotte was described as being 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighing between 110 and 125 pounds. Officials said she had brown hair and hazel eyes.

Anyone with information regarding Elizabeth Lamotte’s murder, specifically knowledge about individuals she may have been with in the days before she died, is asked to call the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-824-3463.

Redhead Murders

Elizabeth Lamotte could be linked into a group of 11 homicides of young women that were murdered and left close to highways in Tennessee between 1978 and 1992.  They were called the Redhead Murders.

Tina Farmer  was identified in September as one of the victims.  Her  body was wrapped in a blanket off Interstate 75 in Campbell County and found on New Year’s Day 1985.

In October,  DNA confirmed the identity of Espy Regina Black-Pilgrim. The auburn-haired woman from Spindale, North Carolina, was found dead four months after Farmer. She had been suffocated inside a discarded refrigerator at a dump just off U.S. Highway 25E in Knox County, Kentucky.

Jane Doe found in Ridley Creek

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Jerrie Dean, who is retired from Federal Law Enforcement, is the Founder of Missing Persons of America and Missing Texas Forty.

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