DNA Successfully Collected From “Jane Doe”

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WAYNESVILLE, Mo. — Authorities investigating a 35-year old mystery in Pulaski County, Missouri, may be a step closer to the answer.

Sheriff Ron Long, in his weekly newsletter to county residents, says two types of DNA have been extracted from the remains of a murder victim who is only identified as “Jane Doe.”

The woman’s body was found in 1981 near Dixon.  Sheriff Long was beginning his law enforcement career when she was found strangled lying in a creek bed.

“We still have a murderer that’s on the loose,” says Long.  At the time of the murder, there was no national DNA database to match unidentified remains with missing persons.

The body was exhumed in May, 2015, in hopes of finding DNA that could help identify her and solve the murder. 

Long says the University of North Texas Forensic Sciences Department was able to collect two types of DNA from the remains. Along with complete dental records, both STR-DNA and MtDNA were obtained.

Long writes, “…due to scientists being able to extract and identify both STR-DNA and MtDNA from Jane Doe, the odds of identifying her in the future dramatically increased. Since this finding, the DNA
profiles for Jane Doe have been added to national databases in hope of someday finding a genetic match. In addition, if a possible relative is located, their DNA could be matched to that of Jane Doe’s. “

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