In a groundbreaking announcement, authorities in New Hampshire have revealed that the disappearance of Denise Beaudin is related to the infamous Bear Brook murders case.
On November 10, 1985, a hunter discovered a 55-gallon metal drum near Bear Brook State Park containing the remains of an adult woman and a young girl.
Although investigators soon learned that the pair had been bludgeoned, they were never able to identify the remains.
15 years later, in 2000, New Hampshire State Police Sergeant John M. Cody was working the case when he stumbled upon a second metal drum about 100 yards away from where the first was found.
Inside the drum, Cody found the bodies of two little girls.
For years, authorities had no idea who the woman and children were or what happened to them.
Investigators concluded that the woman, who was between the ages of 23 and 32 at the time of her death, and the children were killed at the same time.
Authorities had also learned by that time that mitochondrial DNA showed that the woman was related to the oldest and youngest girl found in the drums.
“This is one of the larger unidentified familial-related sets of remains in the country,” New Hampshire State Police Lieutenant Joseph Ebert said in 2015. “It’s so difficult for me to wrap my mind around the thought that there is a whole family that disappeared . . . and nobody reported it.”
Now police have announced that the case is connected with the disappearance of Denise Beaudin, who vanished with her boyfriend and infant daughter in 1981.
Beaudin went missing some time after Thanksgiving. Her parents came to visit only to find that Beaudin, her boyfriend Robert Evans, and their infant daughter were gone.
Because the young couple had been going through tough financial times, Beaudin’s parents assumed the family had disappeared willingly.
Years later, however, authorities discovered that while Evans and the couple’s daughter were alive and well, Beaudin was still nowhere to be seen.
Last year, New Hampshire authorities announced that they had launched a criminal investigation into Beaudin’s disappearance.
Despite the shocking announcement this week, investigators have not said how Beaudin’s case is related to the Bear Brook murders.
Police also say that the two cases are connected with a California murder case.