She Was Wrapped in Plastic and Dumped in the Woods Nearly 30 Years Ago. Now We Know Her Name.


For nearly 30 years, the identity of a woman found wrapped in plastic in the woods of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, stumped investigators. They knew her solely as “Unknown Jane Doe,” a woman with brown hair, likely between the ages of 35 and 45 years old, and no taller than 5-foot-2.

But this week, detectives made a major breakthrough, identifying her as Merrybeth Hodgkinson, a 31-year-old exotic dancer who vanished after visiting with family in Warminster, Pennsylvania in 1992.

“When we exhumed her body, there was an unknown grave marker with the name Jane Doe,” Bensalem detective Chris McMullin said announcing the discovery Tuesday. More than 50 missing women were considered and ultimately deemed not a match over the course of the lengthy investigation.

Bensalem Police Department

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