Three more of Terry Rasmussen’s victims identified

It hit the news today (see here on Boston 25 news and here on the Daily Beast, among other places) that authorities have identified three of the four victims found in Bear Brook State Park in New Hampshire.

It’s an infamous case. The bodies were found wrapped in plastic and electrical wiring, in two barrels, close to each other: one barrel was located in 1985, and another in 2000. One young woman, and three little girls, two of whom were shown by DNA to be her own daughters. They all died around the same time, sometime between 1977 and 1981.

Now, three of them have names: Marlyse Elizabeth Honeychurch and her daughters, Marie Elizabeth Vaughn and Sarah Lynn McWaters. They disappeared from California in 1978, shortly after Marlyse started dating Terrance Peder Rasmussen. Marlyse was then 24, and the girls were 7 (Marie) and 11 months (Sarah). It doesn’t look like they lived long afterwards.

Rasmussen is a very unusual serial killer, in that he formed romantic relationships with women and sometimes even had children by them before killing them. He committed his final murder in 2001, that of his wife Eunsoon Joon, and died in prison in 2010. At the time, his other crimes were mostly undiscovered.

Denise Beaudin, who disappeared in 1981 at age 23 and listed on Charley, is presumed one of his victims, but her body hasn’t been found. She had an infant daughter at the time of her disappearance (not Rasmussen’s kid), and that little girl was abandoned by Rasmussen in California in 1985. It was the best thing he ever did for her, because as a result she was raised by a good family and apparently doing well. She has chosen not to speak to the media or let her current identity be known.

The fourth person found in the barrels at Bear Brook State park is still unidentified, but DNA proved she’s Rasmussen’s biological daughter. She was a toddler, about two to four years old when she died. She may have Native American ancestry.

There’s a good chance the little girl’s mother is also dead. Rasmussen was arrested under the name Robert “Bob” Evans for minor charges in New Hampshire in 1980, and he had a woman living with him who called herself Elizabeth Evans and said she was his wife. Perhaps this is the mother of the child in the barrel.

8 thoughts on “Three more of Terry Rasmussen’s victims identified

  1. Mion June 7, 2019 / 2:06 am

    Elizabeth Evans could also be Marlyse. Elizabeth was her middle name.

  2. Patrick Kerrigan June 7, 2019 / 1:37 pm

    I agree with Missing Mysteries that determining their names was a major project. I assume they were reported missing at some point in time. We had the girl known as the “Buckskin Girl, who was finally identified in the last year or so, that was never reported missing.

  3. marsyao June 7, 2019 / 7:21 pm

    Ah, so they finally found Joann Hakes, I still remember her case on one of thin air episode

  4. marsyao June 7, 2019 / 7:23 pm

    So they finally found Joann Hakes, I still remember her case on one of the thin air episode

  5. missingmysteries June 7, 2019 / 10:13 pm

    I just read an article on the Boston Globe website that a librarian was researching ancestry and missing persons sites and saw that a man who was Marlyse’s youngest daughter’s half brother had posted that he was trying to find his half sister, and the librarian learned that the family hadn’t ever heard from the girl or the mother after whenever they went missing, and she wondered if they might match the Bear Brook victims. She was actually in contact with the man’s wife, who told her that the family thought that Marlyse might have married a man with the last name of Rasmussen. The librarian didn’t tell the wife that the last name was a huge flag (and turns out the wife and husband hadn’t known about the Rasmussen cases). Instead the librarian contacted the investigator in California that had worked on the case and he in turn contacted NH authorities.

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