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Remains of Local Woman ID'd After 28 Years

Jeanette Rose Tambe disappeared in 1984. Her remains were found two years later but not identified until this year.

The remains of a Bensalem woman who went missing nearly three decades ago were recently identified, bringing a some closure to the case.

Jeanette Rose Tambe was 22 years old in October 1984 when she disappeared. She was last seen by a friend while taking a bus to visit relatives in South Philly.

Bensalem police weren’t able to find her right away, but they never gave up.

Detective Christopher McMullin, of Bensalem’s special victims unit, utilized the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), an online system that can be searched by law enforcement officials in hopes of resolving these cases.

According to NamUs spokesperson J. Todd Matthews, the remains of an unidentified white female were found on Jan. 24, 1988 on the property of the former Publicker Industries on State Road in Bensalem. However, DNA comparison to a blood sample from Tambe’s brother concluded that the Publicker remains were not hers.

Other remains were found on Aug. 8, 1986 in New Jersey, but the face, hands and teeth were badly disfigured with acid. There was a loose match to Tambe’s brother, but because of the damage, officials felt it was necessary to also have a comparison from Tambe's mother. Unfortunately, the mother had since passed away.

According to Matthews, McMullin consulted with a former detective on the case and learned that two vials of blood were taken from the mother during the original investigation. Because the had been relocated since then, McMullin was not confident that the blood would still be around.

Fortunately, McMullin found that the vials were still in the evidence cooler after more than 25 years. 

In the end, the samples were tested and the tests confirmed that the remains were indeed Tambe’s. Maybe now she can rest in peace.

Sharon June 01, 2012 at 02:14 PM
GREAT JOB DETECTIVE!!!
Bob June 01, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Detective McMullin you are a credit to the force, God bless you and all who serve.
Nancy Campbell June 01, 2012 at 08:26 PM
How about the person responsible - still unsolved murder I guess
Anthony June 02, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Stories such as this are very sad. It appears they do not know much about this murder after all these years. http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/local/courier_times_news/missing-since-bensalem-woman-s-remains-identified/article_0cab0895-b2eb-5904-aa49-5efb4144e7b4.html
John R Robinson June 12, 2012 at 09:46 PM
I am so proud of the diligence of Det Chris Mcmullin greaty job and Ihad the privelege of having Chris work for me when I was an active Bensalem Policeman. Proud of you Pal great job!
Christopher McMullin June 13, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Thank you Captain!
Bernie Martin June 19, 2012 at 04:20 PM
I have been waiting for 22 years for my 16 year old cousin 's case to break someday and be solved. Glad that this family was lucky enough to have a Detective like you on Miss Tambe's case. God Bless and please say prayers for the ones missing and unsolved.
Christopher McMullin June 20, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Thank you. I hope your case gets solved as well. Cold cases are difficult, I was lucky.
Renee cino September 16, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Good job! What a blessing! I give credit to all those that helped with this case! Although those held accountable for doin this may never be found, its hard to find out who with little to go on. There will be justice even if this monsterous animal is never found ! Tambe was identified, closure was given to her family, a janr doe got her name back and a proper burial will take place! To Chris youve done an unmeasurable amount of proving hard work helps lives!!! God bless you, and all who helped!
Christopher McMullin November 30, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Thank you.

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