‘Midtown Jane Doe’ case moves forward after DNA links teen murdered more than 50 years ago to 9/11 victim’s mother

Authorities have finally identified the remains of a New York teenager nicknamed “Midtown Jane Doe” after her grisly murder sparked a decades-long investigation. A recent breakthrough through advanced forensic analysis has linked his DNA to the mother of a woman killed on 9/11.

Jane Doe was identified as Patricia Kathleen McGlone, who was only 16 years old at the time of her death and had previously lived and attended school in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn. Investigators believe she was murdered in the latter half of 1969 or, potentially, in the early 1970s, said Detective Ryan Glas of the New York City Police Department. Glas has worked on this case for much of the past two years.

The case sparked a first wave of horror and intrigue in 2003, when construction workers discovered human remains buried beneath a Manhattan building that was being demolished. In February of that year, as workers dismantled the floor of the building to prepare it for demolition, a skull emerged from beneath the concrete. A search revealed the skeleton of a young woman who had been tied in the fetal position with an electrical cord. His body had been wrapped in a carpet and covered in concrete. The medical examiner determined she died of strangulation.

The victim’s skull at the site where his remains were found in 2003.


There was a gold signet ring with the initials “PMCG” found on one of the victim’s fingers, and buried with it were a dime minted in 1969 and a small green plastic soldier, but there was few other clues as to who. she was or whatever might have happened. The victim was nicknamed “Midtown Jane Doe” due to the location of the building where she was found, in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York. Between 1964 and 1969, the building was a popular nightclub called Steve Paul’s The Scene, which made its name as a rock and roll performance venue where artists like The Doors and Jimi Hendrix played.

New York City police detectives reopened the case for review in 2017. They applied modern testing to forensic evidence originally collected from the crime scene and DNA taken from the remains of the victim to ultimately develop what Glas called “an appropriate genetic profile.” The profile was then linked to potential parents using investigative genetic genealogy.

Detectives initially learned that Jane Doe had been born in April 1953, but because both of her parents had died and she had no siblings, it was not possible to find a DNA sample which could definitively prove that the victim was in fact Patricia McGlone, the child of these two people. a simple process. Genetic experts said DNA from a specific maternal cousin would confirm Jane Doe’s identity, and after conducting a series of interviews with potential relatives across the United States and across several generations, Glas could find it.

Although the cousin had already died, her son told Glas that he remembered his mother submitting a DNA sample to the New York medical examiner after his sister’s death on 9/11. Relatives of missing people have submitted their DNA to help identify unknown victims following the attacks. Glas retrieved the cousin’s genetic information from the medical examiner’s office and, earlier this month, confirmed that the remains of “Midtown Jane Doe” belonged to McGlone.

Detective Ryan Glas has been working the NYPD’s “Midtown Jane Doe” case since 2022.


Investigators determined that McGlone had been enrolled in a Catholic school and a public middle school in Sunset Park, but her school attendance declined in 1968 and 1969, said Glas, who described her as “a runaway and a truant school” in the period preceding the survey. when he died. McGlone had married by that time and was no longer in contact with her family, Glas said, adding that police had not found any missing persons cases filed after her disappearance.

An active homicide investigation is currently underway to learn more about the circumstances of McGlone’s death. Police have not named any potential suspects, but Glas said her estranged husband is connected to the building where her remains were found. His team is asking anyone who knew McGlone, his family or the area surrounding Steve Paul’s The Scene at the time of his murder to contact the police department.


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