Betsy, the woman suspected dead was found alive after a good 42 years!
We have often come across cases where the body of a lost person is found in some corner of an isolated place, dead. But here is a strange case where a woman who was suspected dead by the police is found alive after 42 years. It may appear like a miracle case to most of us but it never seemed to surprise the girl’s family who already knew she was alive. Strange, isn’t it? Read along and you will come across some more strange facts associated with this strange case.
1 Betsy Langjahr was Declared Dead
Betsy Langjahr was suspected to be the dead person when 41 years back, a decomposing body of a woman was found who was white and was somewhere between 16 to 20 years. The naked body of the victim was found close to Jonestown under a tarpaulin sheet. This was back in October 1973 and the police believed that the person had died two weeks before they discovered the body. They had then closed the case and it remained closed till recently when Betsy Langjahr was found alive, leading a life with her husband and kids.
At the time when the police discovered the body and suspected it to be Betsy’s, she was a runaway from home. Running away from home, she went into a rehabilitation centre as she was struggling with drug addiction. She later escaped from the rehabilitation centre too. Today, she is living happily with her husband and kids. She does not wish to disclose her location due to some reasons.
2 The Suspected Victim
When they had initially found the body, they had suspected it to be Betsy. After 41 years, when Betsy was found alive, the case was reopened. The police started their investigation again to find out exactly who was the murdered victim whose body they found. A forensic expert in the police force crafted a bust. They hoped that knowing the appearance of the victim may help them get some leads and know exactly who was murdered.
Later, the Pennsylvania Police created a model of the dead victim and named it Jane Doe.
3 Betsy’s Family Reveals Their Views
Betsy’s family was never surprised by the fact that police suspected her to be dead. In fact, they even revealed that since the family ties were so poor, it must have been difficult for the police to trace the link or identify the connection.
When the rumours about Betsy’s death were revealed on news channels, her elder son aged 26 years was the first to get startled. He informed the police that there was surely some mix-up because his mother was still alive.
Betsy’s brother Bill was surprised to hear that Betsy’s name was linked to the 1973 murder. He also revealed to the police that Betsy was his sister though the siblings hadn’t spoken to each other for the past 40 years.
There were reasons why the family, including Bill, had severed ties with Betsy. At that point, she was struggling to get over her habit of addiction. She was also caught stealing from her own house. That is when the ties actually broke.
While Betsy’s brother does not speak to her, he does occasionally send a card to her children or speak to them during occasions.
4 The Search Is Still On
As Betsy’s name is cleared from the list of murdered victims, Betsy’s family now hopes that the police force will be able to fine the true Jane Doe. The search from the police department is still on.