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An independent New Hampshire station’s new documentary explores the mysterious and frustrating journey to give the victim of an infamous New Hampshire case her name back.
New Hampshire outlet WMUR has created a documentary called “The Middle Child,” available to watch in full on their website. It focuses on the remaining unidentified victim of the “Bear Brook Murders,” which involved four sets of remains, initially unidentified, discovered in barrels in New Hampshire.
The bodies of a woman and three girls were found in two barrels at Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown, New Hampshire 15 years apart. The first two bodies were found stuffed in a barrel in 1985; the other two were found in another barrel in the same area in 2000. All remained unidentified for decades, their killer unpunished.
In 2019, three of the four victims were identified through DNA testing and genetic genealogy: Marlyse Elizabeth Honeychurch, 24, and her two daughters, Marie Elizabeth Vaughn, 6, and Sarah Lynn McWaters, 1.
While the fourth girl remains unidentified, investigators believe that she was the biological daughter of Terry Peder Rasmussen — who they now believe killed all four people — and an unidentified mother.
Rasmussen passed away while in prison in 2010 while serving time for murdering a California woman.