Princess Doe was a teenager or young adult who was found brutally murdered in a cemetery in Blairstown, New Jersey. Her case is one of the most popular in the unidentified persons subculture.
Princess Doe was found days after her death. She had begun to decompose and her head had been severely damaged by a blunt object. She wore a dress and a cross pendant was found tangled in her hair.
It is not known if Princess Doe was sexually assaulted or raped, although her skirt was found removed from her body and thrown on top of her legs. No semen was found, as the body was too decomposed.
She was given the name "Princess" by Lt. Eric Kranz of the Blairstown police, who wanted her to be known by a different name such as Jane Doe, to distinguish her case from others easily.
The victim was possibly seen alive at a supermarket by a mother and child, who recognized the clothing found with Princess Doe's body. This was two days before the body was found, which is consistent with law enforcement's belief that she was killed only days before her discovery.
No trace of drugs were found in her system. Some false reports claim Princess Doe's blood contained alcohol, but according to Lt. Kranz, Princess Doe's blood had actually fermented during decomposition.
Donna Kinlaw stated that her husband Arthur was involved in the victim's murder. Donna Kinlaw stated that her husband had picked up young women and had them involved in a prostitution ring. She also stated he was also responsible for the murders of other victims, some who remain unidentified, like Princess Doe.
Investigators are skeptical of this confession, as many question the credibility of the Kinlaws.
In 2015, Princess Doe was given a new reconstruction by the NCMEC and her age range was updated from 14 and 18 to 15 and 20.
The New Jersey State Police believed Princess Doe was Diane Dye for years, despite their dental charts not matching and Lt. Kranz publicly criticizing the theory. Dye was finally ruled out by DNA in 2003.
- She had brown, shoulder length hair.
- Her left ear was pierced twice. It is unknown if her right ear was pierced, due to decomposition.
- Her nipples were inverted.
- Princess Doe had painted the nails on her right hand red.
- Her top two front teeth appeared slightly darker than the rest.
- Recent isotope analysis of Princess Doe's remains indicated that she had spent time in various regions of the United States before her murder, including Arizona.
- Princess Doe wore a skirt that was red and white with a peacock design on the bottom portion.
- She wore a red T-Shirt.
- An antique gold necklace with a cross pendant was found tangled in her hair.
- Her case appeared on America's Most Wanted