Investigation Discovery program takes on gruesome case of Aurora woman whose mummified remains were found in a Rubbermaid box

Investigation Discovery program takes on gruesome case of Aurora woman whose mummified remains were found in a Rubbermaid box
Carolyn Baker Jansen
Carolyn Baker Jansen

In a nationally televised program, journalist Paula Zahn will reveal new details about a chilling Aurora cold case murder in which a woman was murdered and packed into a Rubbermaid container.

“On the Case with Paula Zahn” tells the story of Carolyn Jansen’s murder from the perspective of the victim’s daughter, Victoria Baker, a young woman who was on a quest to find her birth mother when she learned her tragic fate.

It is also the story of how former Arapahoe County coroner, Dr. Michael Dobersen, prosecutor John Kellner Aurora cold case Det. Steve Conner together doggedly pursued and eventually solved the case after former District Attorney Carol Chambers repeatedly declined to prosecute the case.

The show airs on the Investigation Discovery channel Sunday at 8 p.m. The program features Denver Post reporter Kirk Mitchell, who followed the murder for years on his Cold Cases blog.

Jansen was 43 when she vanished in 2003. Her mummified remains were discovered two years later inside a container stored on the back porch of a friend’s house.

Jon David Harrington was convicted of second-degree murder 12 years later.

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