Peaches (murder victim)

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"Peaches"
Peaches tattoo.jpg
Tattoo
Born1966-1981
StatusUnidentified for 25 years, 1 month and 10 days
Diedc. June 25, 1997 (aged 16 - 30) (approximate)
Cause of deathHomicide
Body discoveredJune 28, 1997
Lakeview, New York, United States
Other namesGirl with the Peach Tattoo
HeightUnknown

Peaches (also known as "Girl with the Peach Tattoo" or as Jane Doe No. 3) is an unidentified female whose torso was discovered on June 28, 1997, in Lakeview, New York, near Hempstead Lake State Park. The cause of the woman's death is listed as homicide, apparently by decapitation. As of 2022, she remains unidentified since her skull has yet to be found.[1] The woman had a tattoo on her left breast depicting a heart-shaped peach with a bite taken out of it and two drops falling from its core, which resulted in her nickname.[2] As of December 2016, additional skeletal remains found on Long Island in 2011 have been positively identified as belonging to Peaches, along with the remains of her child. As a result, Peaches is now linked to the Long Island serial killer as a potential victim.[3]

Case history[edit]

On June 28, 1997, a dismembered body was discovered by a hiker in a wooded area of Hempstead Lake State Park, Lakeview, New York.[4] The head, both arms, and both legs (below the knee) were severed and have yet to be found. The torso was found on the west side of Lake Drive, about 200 yards north of Peninsula Boulevard right by the McDonald Pond. She was found in a Rubbermaid container along with a red towel and a floral pillowcase. With no leads to the woman's identity, the police published a picture of the approximately two-inch-wide tattoo in a national tattoo magazine, in the hopes of finding the artist who did the work. They received a call from Steve Cullen, a tattoo artist in Connecticut who claimed he remembered giving the tattoo to a woman. Cullen said he remembered the customer as a young black woman, about 18 or 19 years old, who was accompanied by two women, an aunt and a cousin. During the session, he also claimed she told him she was from either the Bronx or Long Island and that she was in Connecticut because she was having trouble with her boyfriend at the time. It is possible the woman had other tattoos on her arms or lower legs that the killer did not want found.[5]

On December 13, 2016, Long Island Press reported that local authorities had positively identified skeletal remains (formerly referred to as "Jane Doe 3") found at Jones Beach State Park in 2011 as belonging to Peaches. Remains of a child were also found in 2011, east of Cedar Beach, with DNA testing identifying Jane Doe 3—or "Peaches"—as its mother. As a result of these findings, Peaches has now been linked to the Long Island serial killer as a potential early victim.[6]

Related cases[edit]

"Cherries"[edit]

Tattoo worn by "Cherries"

On March 3, 2007, a dismembered torso was found in a suitcase in Harbor Island Park in Mamaroneck, Westchester County, New York.[7] Investigators believe the victim was a heavy-set Hispanic or light-skinned African-American woman, about five feet seven inches tall, and 180 to 200 pounds. She had a tattoo of two red cherries on a green stem located on her right breast.[8] "Cherries" (as she is referred to by law enforcement) was also decapitated and dismembered, although her original cause of death was a stab wound to the torso.[9] Unlike Peaches, investigators found both of Cherries' legs, which washed up on the shore of Cablevision owner James Dolan's beachfront estate in Oyster Bay, New York. Inside the suitcase investigators found a pair of gray Champion sweat pants, a tan or cream-colored long-sleeved shirt by Voice and a red camisole bearing Spanish-language labels. The dark blue or black suitcase is sold exclusively at Wal-Mart stores. Police also found small scraps of paper tucked away in the crevices of the suitcase. When pieced together, it looks like a calendar with the Spanish word "cinco" and the phrase "begin to live." Police claim that since the torso floated onto the beach as storm-fed floods hit the region, it could have originated from almost anywhere.[10][11]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Long Island's Unidentified Murder Victims". Long Island Press. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  2. ^ Bolger, Timothy (2016-12-13). "Murder Victim Dubbed 'Peaches' Linked to Long Island Serial Killer Case". Long Island News from the Long Island Press. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  3. ^ Bolger, Timothy (2016-12-13). "Murder Victim Dubbed 'Peaches' Linked to Long Island Serial Killer Case". Long Island News from the Long Island Press. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  4. ^ Gallucci, Jacklyn (1 July 2010). "Long Island's Unidentified Murder Victims". Long Island Press. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  5. ^ "The Doe Network: Case File 151UFNY". Doenetwork.org. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  6. ^ Bolger, Timothy (2016-12-13). "Murder Victim Dubbed 'Peaches' Linked to Long Island Serial Killer Case". Long Island News from the Long Island Press. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  7. ^ "Cherry Tattoo". Long Island Press. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  8. ^ "W'chester cops hope tattoo can ID woman's body". NY Daily News. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  9. ^ "Case File: 605UFNY". doenetwork.org. The Doe Network. Retrieved 1 November 2014.
  10. ^ "Mamaroneck - Missing & Unidentified People". Letsfindthem.wordpress.com. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  11. ^ "Long Island Serial Killer: Two Ocean Parkway Bodies Still Await Identification - Long Island Press". Long Island Press. Retrieved 15 October 2014.

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