Teen Slain 46 Years Ago Near Manson Killings Is IDed

Cops can't say whether Canadian woman was one of his victims
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2016 12:13 PM CDT
Teen Slain 46 Years Ago Near Manson Killings Is IDed
In this Dec. 21, 1970, file photo, a smiling Charles Manson goes to lunch after a break in court that resulted in his ejection during his murder trial in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/George Brich, File)

For more than 46 years, a young woman whose body was found stabbed 150 times and tangled in the brush off of LA's Mulholland Drive has been relegated to "Jane Doe" status. Now, People reports that Jane Doe No. 59 has been identified as Reet Jurvetson—born in Sweden, raised in Montreal, and just 19 when she died. The intriguing twist: She was found near the site of the Manson family killings just three months after actress Sharon Tate and six others were murdered by the gang in August 1969. Police can't say whether Jurvetson is another Manson victim, but they're not ruling it out, either. Cops say she had flown to LA that summer to meet up with a guy named "John," whom she'd met in a Toronto coffee shop.

Her family received one postcard from her saying she had found a place to live and was happy, then never heard from her again. "[My parents] thought that she was just living her life somewhere," says Jurvetson's sister, Anne. How police finally IDed the young woman: One of Jurvetson's friends spotted photos of her corpse on a crime website and alerted the family, who in turn called police; DNA taken from Jurvetson's bra matched Anne's. Two LAPD detectives visited Charles Manson in jail in October to see if he could shed some light on Jurvetson, but "no new leads were learned," says detective Luis Rivera. Cops are now focused on finding "John" and determining if Jurvetson was tied to Manson. (The youngest "Family" member to take part in the 1969 killings may soon be out on parole.)

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