Patricia McGlone Identified as 1969 Murder Victim Found in Manhattan Rock Club

The remains of a 1960s Brooklyn teenager, Patricia Kathleen McGlone, were finally identified 20 years after being discovered cemented in a former Manhattan rock club. Advanced DNA and genealogical testing, including a 9/11 victim connection, cracked this long-standing cold case.

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Patricia McGlone Identified as 1969 Murder Victim Found in Manhattan Rock Club

Patricia McGlone Identified as 1969 Murder Victim Found in Manhattan Rock Club

The remains of a woman known as 'Midtown Jane Doe,' discovered cemented inside a former Manhattan rock club in 2003, have been identified as Patricia Kathleen McGlone, a Brooklyn teenager who went missing in the late 1960s. The identification was made possible through advanced DNA and genealogical testing, including a partial match with a relative who died on 9/11.

In 2003, construction workers demolishing a building that formerly housed 'Steve Paul's The Scene,' a popular rock and roll club in Hell's Kitchen, New York City, discovered the remains of a 16-year-old girl. The victim, dubbed 'Midtown Jane Doe,' had been hogtied with electrical cord, wrapped in carpet, and encased in cement in the building's basement. Alongside her remains, investigators found a small plastic soldier and a 1969 dime.

After 21 years, NYPD detectives from the cold case unit were finally able to identify the victim as Patricia Kathleen McGlone, a Catholic teenager from Sunset Park, Brooklyn. McGlone, who was between 17 and 19 years old at the time of her death, had married a man nearly twice her age in 1968 or 1969, shortly before she disappeared. Detectives believe McGlone was fatally strangled in 1969.

Why this matters: The identification of Patricia McGlone, over five decades after her murder, brings closure to a long-standing cold case and offers hope for other unsolved crimes. The use of advanced forensic techniques and genealogical investigative methods showcases the potential for resolving even the most challenging cases.

The building where McGlone's body was found had previously housed 'Steve Paul's The Scene,' which closed around the time of her death. Detectives are now investigating leads connected to McGlone's husband, who was in his early 30s when she disappeared and had a connection to the building. "The identification was made possible through a combination of old-fashioned detective work and advanced forensic and genealogical investigative techniques," said an NYPD spokesperson. The investigation into McGlone's murder remains ongoing as police work to identify her killer.

Key Takeaways

  • Remains of 'Midtown Jane Doe' identified as Patricia Kathleen McGlone, a Brooklyn teen.
  • McGlone's body was found cemented in a former Manhattan rock club in 2003.
  • Identification made through DNA and genealogical testing, including a 9/11 victim match.
  • McGlone, 17-19 at death, had married a much older man before disappearing in 1969.
  • Identification offers closure and hope for resolving other unsolved cold cases.