FAQ

 

Q1: Has Princess Doe ever been identified?
A1: As of 2013, the body still remains unidentified and rests in a grave near the area of the Cedar Ridge Cemetery where she was found.
 
Q2: Where did the name "Princess Doe" originate?
A2: The original detective on the case, Lt. Eric Kranz from the Blairstown Police department, came up with the idea during the original investigation. He did not want her to be known as another "Jane Doe" and forgotten.
 
Q3: Has anybody ever been arrested for this crime?
A3: No, there has never been an arrest related to this crime.

Q4: Who is currently handling this investigation? Is it active? 
A4: The Warren County Prosecutor's Office is currently handling this case. The investigator in charge is Lieutenant Detective Stephen Speirs. He can be reached at 908-475-6275 or via e-mail sspeirs@co.warren.nj.us Yes, the case is active and being investigated and pursued.
 
Q5: Is it possible that a serial killer was involved?
A5: This has not been ruled out completely but currently there is no credible link to a serial killer during that time period. Again, this has not been ruled out.
 
Q6: What can you tell me about the area where Princess Doe was found?
A6: Blairstown is a small, relatively rural community (for New Jersey.) The population in 1982 was less than 5,000 and it was largely a farming area at the time. However, the construction of Interstate Route 80 had begun to bring about population growth. The location where the body of Princess Doe was discovered is right off of State Route 94 and within seven miles of Interstate Route 80. The website for the town itself is http://www.blairstown-nj.org/ The Cedar Ridge Cemetery is one of the larger and better known cemeteries in the area.
 
Q7: What is the most likely scenario for the case?
A7: This is a tough, yet often asked question. The most likely scenario that has been published is on the America's Most Wanted Website. That is the best, most up-to-date lead available. However, it is not conclusive and other leads are investigated. Law enforcement is always searching for new information to help identify Princess Doe and tries to keep an open mind to all new and old information.
 
Q8: Is the cemetery thought to be the actual scene of the murder?
A8: No evidence was found to indicate that the actual murder took place there. However, no other crime scene was associated with the case. Considering the amount of time that passed and the weather conditions, this is difficult to determine.
 
Q9: Is it possible that Princess Doe is actually Diane Dye?
A9: No, although this theory received a lot of media attention and support, Diane Dye was ruled out using conclusive DNA testing. 
 
Q10: I believe that (fill in the name) is a possible match and should be 
added to the list. 

A10: Any information should be emailed to tips@princessdoe.org and it will be considered to add this information to the list of possible  matches. Most valid matches are added within 72 hours. Please note that the matching process is an on-going effort and does take considerable time.
 
Q11: Was this case ever featured on television?
A11: HBO ran a special on the case in 1983, as part of a documentary series entitled "Missing Children".  The segment was produced by David Bell productions.
 
Q12: What forensic evidence is available?
A12: Hair, finger nails, fingerprints, DNA and teeth have all been collected into evidence. The DNA has been entered into the nationwide CODIS database.
 
Q13: Was Princess Doe found decapitated?
A13: No. There was another case in the area that involved a decapitated body and sometimes this is confused with the Princess Doe case. The decapitated victim was later identified as Rosa Delgado from Connecticut.
 
Q14: Was a book written or movie produced about this case? 
A14: Before "The Untold Story of Princess Doe", a novel was written by Deidre S. Laiken in 1987 entitled "Death Among Strangers."  Please note, like "The Untold Story of Princess Doe", this is a work of fiction! No movie was ever created about the case although rumors of screen plays have popped up from time to time. There was also an article dedicated to the Princess Doe case in the first edition of 'Weird New Jersey' (by Mark Sceurman and Mark Moran.) Pages 238 and 239 were dedicated to the case in the hardcover edition.
 

Q15: I would like to donate time/money to the Princess Doe cause. What can I do?
A15: Currently, the efforts to find Princess Doe's identity are privately funded and will remain that way for the foreseeable future. Websites and all activity relating to the 25th Memorial Service were paid for with private funds. Zero tax dollars or other monetary donations have been accepted to date. There are many "missing person/children" causes to donate time and money to. One such suggestion is the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Their website can be found with the following link: missingkids.com