‘Tiger Lady’ Identified as Missing Coatesville Teen, Wendy Louise Baker, 30 Years Later – CBS Philly
BELVIDERE, NJ (AP) — Authorities used DNA to ultimately identify the body of a 1991 New Jersey murder victim known for her tattoo as the “Tiger Lady.” However, her death and killer are still a mystery.
Warren County Prosecutor James Pfeiffer on Friday named the victim as Wendy Louise Baker of Coatesville, Pennsylvania.
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She was 16 years old when her body was found off Interstate 80 in Knowlton Township near the Pennsylvania border on October 26, 1991. Her death was ruled a homicide, but investigators were not How she died can never be determined. There were no gunshot wounds or significant trauma.
She is known as the “Tiger Lady” because of a tiger tattoo on her left calf.
Prosecutors said DNA extracted from her bones in 2020 helped authorities update her records and explore genealogical databases. That led police in July 2021 to one of her uncles in Pennsylvania, who identified his missing niece.
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Her mother died in 1999 and her father died in 2015. Prosecutors said she was raised by her stepmother until the age of 15.
DNA obtained from the Pennsylvania State Police confirms Bruce Baker as her father.
Pfeiffer has made it a priority to use DNA technology to help solve cold cases since he took office last year.
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