(March 27, 2013)--A woman whose severed head was found on a New Jersey golf course more than 20 years ago has been identified, and police say the evidence in her death leads to a notorious serial killer.
The woman, Heidi Balch, 25, likely was the first victim of Joel Rifkin, who is now in prison in New York after admitting he killed 17 women in the early 1990s, authorities say, citing physical evidence and Rifkin's statements.
State Police Sgt. Stephen Urbanski said Balch worked as a prostitute in New York City and used numerous aliases.
The severed head was found in 1989 in Hopewell, a town north of Trenton.
State and local detectives found Balch's aunt in New York, who identified her picture this month. DNA tests confirmed her identity.