Bear Brook State Park Murders
Bear Brook State Park is a 10,000-acre preserve located in Allenstown, New Hampshire. The large state park is widely popular among hikers, hunters, fishers, and campers alike. It’s a favourite among tourists as well. This picturesque park was marred by tragedy in 1985 and again in 2000.
On the afternoon of 10 November, 1985, a hunter was prowling through Bear Brook State Park when he saw something hanging out of a seemingly discarded 55-gallon steel drum. As he got closer, he noticed that it was a large sheet of plastic. There was a grim sight underneath. As he moved the plastic sheet away, he was aghast to discover the decomposing and partially-dismembered bodies of a woman and a young girl. An autopsy concluded that the duo had both been beaten to death. The woman was estimated to be between 23 - 33 years old and the little girl, 5 - 11 years old. The woman was believed to have Caucasian and Native American heritage. She had curly brown hair and significant dental work. The little girl was also believed to have Caucasian and Native American heritage. She had a crooked front tooth as well as a gap between the front teeth and two earrings in each ear. The New Hampshire State Police set out trying to identify the deceased bodies. They browsed through missing person reports but this attempt to futile - they remained unidentified and were buried together.
As the case went cold and the tips dwindled to a halt, a local sheriff took a trip to the scene of the crime in Bear Brook State Farm in 2000. He made a startling discovery. Near where the first set of remains were found, he came across another 55-gallon metal drum. Inside were the skeletal remains of two more young girls. One of the girls was estimated to be between 2 - 4 years old and the other, 1 - 3 years old. The eldest of the two had a gap in her front teeth as well as an overbite, and had brown hair. The younger girl had long blonde or light brown hair and also had a gap in the front of her teeth. Mitochondrial DNA testing showed that the adult female was related to both the youngest and the oldest girls that were found in the drums but not the middle girl. In 2015, as technology had advanced, researchers were able to test their hair and teeth to determine where they lived based on the food they ate and the water they drank. It was determined that they hailed from the northeast, while the third girl who wasn’t related to the others, was believed to have come from Dakota or Nebraska.
In January of 2017, police announced that they believed Robert Evans could potentially be the perpetrator of the grim murders. Evans had been a suspect in the disappearance of a young woman, Denise Beaudin. He had ran off with Denise and her daughter in the 1980s, before abandoning her daughter in California. Denise has still never been found. In 2002, he was arrested for killing his wife, Eunsoon Jun, to which he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. However, he passed away in prison in 2010. Investigators on the case decided to test his DNA against the DNA of the girl found in the drum who wasn’t related to the other three victims. It was a match. Investigators announced that Robert Evans was the father of the unidentified girl.
However, the case is currently still open and the true identities of the four victims still remain unknown.