Deborah Lynn McConnell is believed to have been the third victim of the New Bedford Highway Serial Killer and was the only known Rhode Island resident.
The 25-year-old lived in Newport, RI. She was last seen by her father in May 1988, after she buried her mother at a local cemetery. Deborah was found by a cadaver canine conducting a search on December 1, 1988, off Route 140 northbound in Freetown, MA. The young mother was nude, with a bra twisted around her neck.
It took investigators until March 1989 to identify Deborah’s remains — seven months after she was last seen —because of the degree of decomposition.
Aside from her daughter, Deborah left behind her father, a brother, and two sisters. She is buried in Middletown Cemetery in Middletown, RI.
Original image of Deborah Lynn McConnell.
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