The Bear Brook Murders

On November, 10th 1985, a hunter found a 55-gallon drum near a burned down store at Bear Brook state park, Allenstown, New Hampshire. Inside the drum were the bodies of an adult female, and a young girl. Both bodies were wrapped in plastic.

Autopsies revealed that the cause of death was blunt trauma. The two girls were laid to rest in an Allenstown cemetery, with a gravestone that read: “Here lies the mortal remains known only to God of a women aged 23-33 and a girl child aged between 8-10. Their slain bodies were found on November 10th, 1985, in Bear Brook state park. May their souls find peace in God’s loving care.”

For years, there were no new leads. The two girls remained unidentified.

On May, 9th 2000, the remains of two more young girls were discovered close to the first site. These bodies were also in a 55-gallon drum, and police believe that these 4 girls died at the same time. They all died of blunt trauma, which was discovered through an autopsy.

According to the police, the second drum was not found for several years later due to it being located outside of the proximity of the first crime scene.

It was not until 2015 that police revealed that DNA testing showed that the women was the mother of two girls. It was then released on June 6th, 2019, that they had found the identities of the three girls. The eldest, and the mother, was Marlyse Elizabeth Honeychurch. She was the mother of Marie Elizabeth Vaughn and Sarah Lynn McWaters. The three of them went missing from La Puente, California, around Thanksgiving 1978. Marlyse had an argument with her mother and left the residence, never contacting family again.

Digital reconstruction of the four girls

At this time, she was dating Terry Peder Rasmussen. Rasmussen was born in 1943 and was native to Denver, Colorado. He was married in 1969 and had four children, he lived in Phoenix, Arizona and Redwood City, California. Terry’s wife left him between 1973 and 1974, and his family did not see him after Christmas 1974.

It is highly suspected that Rasmussen killed these 4 young girls. The young girl who has not been identified, has been DNA confirmed as Rasmussen’s daughter, though it is unknown who her mother is. It is thought that these 4 murders took place before 1981, as that is when Rasmussen left New Hampshire.

Terry Peder Rasmussen was not only suspected of these 4 murders, but is also suspected in playing a role in Denise Beaudin’s disappearance. Denise disappeared from Manchester, New Hampshire in 1981 with her young daughter and boyfriend “Bob Evans”. “Bob Evans” was a fake name used by Rasmussen. Rasmussen later abandoned a young girl named “Lisa” at a campground, but she was found not to be his daughter.

Denise’s daughter has been located safe and well in California, but sadly her mother is still missing. It was once believed that one of the bodies might have belonged to Denise, but this has proven not to be the case.

Marlyse and Marie were both then laid to rest in Allenstown, in November 2019. They were given headstones with their names.

Sarah was laid to rest in Connecticut, closer to her fathers family.

Although these murders have never been solved, police are certain that Rasmussen was behind them. The timeline fits, and he was the partner of Marlyse at the time. Rasmussen died in 2010, and he had never been charged for the murders. He died in prison after being charged with the murder and dismemberment of his wife, Eunsoon Jun.

The New Hampshire State Police and the National Centre for Missing & Exploited Children released a new image of the fourth young victim in 2020. As stated previously, she is known to be Rasmussen’s biological daughter, but police are still unsure of who her mother is, and if her mother is still alive.

The fourth victim, still unknown.


True crime, unsolved, unidentified, children, USA,

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