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Authorities hope new 3D images will help ID victims in New Hampshire cold case

A poster with new images of the four victims found in Allentown, N.H. in 1985 and 2000.NCMEC

Authorities are hoping new digital images of a woman and three children found dead in New Hampshire will bring an end to a case that remains unsolved after 27 years.

In November 1985 and May 2000, the bodies were found in pairs of two inside barrels in the woods near Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown.

In the first discovery, a woman between the ages of 22 and 33 was found along with a girl between the ages of 5 and 11, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

The second discovery yielded the bodies of two girls between the ages of 1 and 3, and 2 and 4. Investigators concluded that all of the bodies are related except the 2 to 4-year-old girl, the Concord Monitor reports. None were found with clothing and jewelry.

Investigators believe all four were killed between 1977 and 1985, but their identities remain unknown, WMUR reports.

Joe Mullins, the forensic imaging specialist who made the new digital sketches, incorporated previously unreleased police evidence on the shape and structure of the victims’ hair and teeth.

“We want the public to look at them with some level of ambiguity,” Mullins told the Concord Monitor. “Ambiguity is the big word. They’re not meant to be photographic.”

Mullins said the images were made in grayscale because some details about the victims, like exact skin tone and eye color, are not known.

Andrea Kelly, who lives by the area where the bodies were found, said police went door to door in 1985, asking residents if they knew any missing persons.

She added that she feels uncomfortable that the case remains unsolved.

"I brought my children up here, my grandchildren and everything, and it's like, is there a murderer out there?" Kelly told WMUR.

Dr. Angela Williamson, who works with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s victim identification team, said experts are planning to do more DNA testing on the bodies, the Concord Monitor reports.

Anyone with information on the victims should contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678.

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