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Manhattan Jane Doe is a woman who was killed by serial killer Joel Rifkin in late December of 1991. She is the only victim whose remains have not been recovered.

Case

After his capture in 1993, Rifkin confessed that his sixth victim was picked up on West 46th Street in Manhattan around Christmas of 1991. During oral sex, he strangled her, and he described the incident as very quick. He then disposed of her body, in a 55-gallon oil drum from a recycling plant he used to work at in Westbury, into the East River in South Bronx.

Rifkin's victims were drug addicts and prostitutes, often both at the same time. Rifkin is now serving 203 years to life in prison for the murders of nine of his victims in the Clinton Correctional Facility. This victim and another, whose remains have been recovered, remain unidentified.

A previous unidentified victim, Heidi Balch, was identified in 2013.

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