a sketch of woman

a sketch of woman

It’s a tragedy that so many people are murdered every single year. What makes these tragedies even worse is when the bodies have no friends or family to claim them. Thousands of people go missing and remain unclaimed and unidentified after they’re brutally murdered. Their murderers also escape and many times, these unidentified bodies are also just children. It makes them a victim twice over.

Eklutna Annie

Back in 1980, a serial killer known as Robert “Butcher Baker” Hansen murdered 17 victims. One of them was never identified. She was sixteen to twenty-five years old and was buried not too deep underground in Eklutna, Alaska in July of 1980. By then, a lot of her body had been eaten by wild animals. Robert never said who she was other than she was supposedly a dancer from a nearby bar or a prostitute in the area. He ended up being given a life sentence without the possibility of parole in February of 1984. He died in prison in August of 2014.

The Lady of the Dunes

Back in July of 1974, a twenty- to-forty-year-old woman’s body was found in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Her hair was tied back in a long ponytail and her head was almost completely decapitated from her body. More than that, the victim’s head had also been smashed with some sort of blunt object. Both of her hands and a forearm were also missing, along with several of her teeth.

The famous horror author Stephen King’s son Joe Hill said that there was quite a resemblance between the victim and an extra in the movie Jaws. In 2015, he tried to point this out to police, but they didn’t listen to him or believe him. So many people have been interested in this case and obsessed with finding answers that her body has been exhumed three times. In 1980, 2000, and 2013, but no one knows who she was or who her murderer was.

Little Miss Nobody

A young white girl between the ages of 5 and 6 was found in Congress, Arizona in July of 1960. She was discovered by a schoolteacher and her body was badly decomposed. Police first thought that the body belonged to a girl named Sharon Lee Gallegos. She had been reported as kidnapped in New Mexico days before her body was discovered. The problem was that both girls were wearing different clothes and Gallegos was younger than the victim that was found.

Little Miss Nobody, as the body came to be called, was exhumed back in 2018 to try to do a DNA test or see if there was any DNA still on her to try to identify her. Her DNA was entered into the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s databases to compare that DNA with the DNA of other missing person’s reports and unsolved murder cases. So far, there have been no hits and whoever Little Miss Nobody is, remains a complete mystery, as does her killer.