A Washington lady has come forward with a memory of seeing a lifeless child in the woods when she was a child herself, fifty years ago.
According to media sources, Elizabeth Braverman contacted Stony Point cops in September to report seeing what she believed was a lifeless girl while she was in the area sometime in the beginning 1970s. Braverman, then in her late 50s, reportedly grew up in Manhattan but spent summers and school breaks in Stony Point with her family.
On the day Braverman tells she saw a body, she was walking alone in the woods, perhaps near her family’s home in Tomkins Cove, or in Harriman State Park, which was near the day camp she visited.
“There were leaves, and she was up upon something lying horizontally,” Braverman told media.
Braverman said she wasn’t sure why she didn’t say anything regarding what she saw right away. She may have repressed the recall, or intentionally pushed it out of her mind, she said. But in the 1990s, she did try and contact the family of a little girl who was discovered murdered in the same area in 1973. At the time, the family wasn’t able to meet her, but she has since formed a relationship with the girl’s mom.
Joan D’Alessandro was seven years old when she was killed by a neighbor over Easter weekend in April 1973. According to the report, Joan, who existed in Hillsdale, New Jersey, had gone to the neighbor’s house to deliver Girl Scout cookies on April 19 of that year. Three days later, she was spotted dead in Harriman State Park in New York. Her mom Rosemarie D’Alessandro told media that she had no concerns at the time about sending her girl to the neighbor’s house, as he was a teacher at a high school only a few miles away over the New York state border.
But Joseph McGowan was a murderer, and he was found guilty of molesting and murdering Joan in 1973.
Although the timing and place of the possible sighting suggest that Braverman may have seen Joan’s body, Joan’s mother thinks it is not the same case.
“It was another little kid,” D’Alessandro told the newspaper.
Braverman told media that she understands why her memory might not be thought reliable, but says she is sure the recollections are the outcome of something she experienced, not something she read or heard about. She said she wasn’t informed of Joan’s murder until many years after it occurred.
“I had these memories before I had other knowledge,” she told media.
For now, cops appear to be taking her story seriously.
“We do have an open inquiry and it is continuing,” Stony Point Police Lt. Ed Finn media.