40 Years Later, NJ Murder Victim ‘Princess Doe’ Identified
One of New Jersey's most famous cold cases has been cracked as authorities have finally identified the victim in a 40-year-old murder investigation and charged her alleged killer.
Since 1982, she was known only as "Princess Doe."
Discovered beaten beyond recognition, her body was found in Blairstown, Warren County, back on July 15th of that year.
The death of "Princess Doe" was ruled a homicide but its investigation generated few leads early on because of the condition of her body.
But, just last Wednesday, on the 40th anniversary of the discovery of "Princess Doe" in Cedar Ridge Cemetery, police revealed her true identity during a lengthy press conference, according to NJ.com: Dawn Olanick.
Olanick, a native of Long Island, NY, was reportedly just 17 years old at the time of her death.
For the first time, the public got to see the face of "Princess Doe." She was identified through the help of genealogical DNA, NJ.com reports.
Her killer is alleged to be a 68-year-old man named Arthur Kinlaw, who is already serving time for first-degree murder in a New York prison.
Authorities believe Kinlaw tried to turn Dawn Olanick into a prostitute but she refused, so he killed her. He's been formally charged with first-degree murder in her death.