March 31, 2021:
The Pennsylvania State Police have uncovered the identity of the unidentified female found deceased beneath the I-80 Bridge in Carbon County, Pennsylvania on December 20, 1976.
Known as “Beth Doe“, she has officially been identified as 15-year-old Evelyn Colon of Jersey City, New Jersey. The identification comes after over 44 years of investigative measures and sees a 63-year-old man by the name of Luis Sierra being arrested for the young girl’s murder. Sierra, who currently resides in Ozone Park in Queens, New York has been arrested on one count of criminal homicide and is currently awaiting extradition to Carbon County. He was 19 years old at the time the crime was committed.
Evelyn was just 15 years old when a teenage boy found her remains and that of her unborn child in three suitcases along the riverbank that runs under the I-80 bridge. An examination of the remains showed the suitcases had been thrown from the bridge and that her remains had been dismembered with a serrated tool. In 2017, over 30 years after her murder, it was announced that isotope testing was being conducted to develop a better picture of where the deceased had lived during her short life.
Both the Pennsylvania State Police and the Carbon County District Attorney’s Office have declined to offer additional information at this time, but have stated they will provide more details in the near future.
Stories of the Unsolved will update this post as more details emerge.
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