Then, 11 months ago, the New York Police Department matched the fingerprints to a woman who had been arrested in Manhattan a year before the body was found.
On May 14, 1969, the woman was in a car with two men in Harlem when a police officer pulled them over and found heroin, Investigator Salomon said. She gave the name Shirlene Dixon and an address in the St. Nicholas Houses, three blocks from the Apollo Theater. She was born in 1939 and was 30 years old.
But that lead fizzled. The woman’s full record revealed several arrests in New York in the 1960s, and each time, she gave a different name — Evelyn Moore, Fanny Hill, Acey Moore — and various Harlem addresses. Before then, she was arrested in Atlantic City on charges of embezzlement and served a short time in prison. The best that could be said for the names was that none of them were likely her own.
The police in New York City found a photo from the most recent arrest and sent it to the State Police. The person in the photo, stone-faced in a raincoat, appeared to be a young man.