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Arkansas Woman Identified in OH 37 Years After Death

Arkansas Woman Identified in OH 37 Years After Death”

"This is not your run of the mill 'DNA solves unidentified person, '" said Murray, who has worked on over 30 OH cold cases, at a press conference Wednesday. "After thirty-seven years, the body of the "#Buckskin Girl" has been identified.

A body that was discovered in a ditch along an OH roadway 37 years ago has been identified as an Arkansas woman through the use of "revolutionary" DNA techniques.

Finally, on Wednesday, investigators identified the Jane Doe who became known as "The Buckskin Girl": Marcia L. King, of Arkansas.

Despite this finding, police have still not yet found King's killer. He said King's last known whereabouts - according to family and other investigative materials - were the Louisville, Ky., and Pittsburgh, Pa., areas. In 2008, "Buckskin Girl" became one of the first people entered into the university's National Missing and Unidentified Persons System database, Murray said. Miami County police are hopeful that this new information will help to solve this ice-cold case. Sheriff's Office Training Center to announce the positive identifcation of Jane Doe, aka Buckskin Girl, whose body was found on Greenlee Road on April 24, 1981.

An autopsy done at the time concluded she was killed by strangulation and blunt force trauma in the hours before the discovery.

King's body was found without any shoes, socks, or any form of identification.

Police say Marcia King was from North Little Rock.

"The case has remained assigned to a detective as an active investigation since the victim was discovered", the news release states.

The case is still ongoing, and Miami County officials have set up a tip line (937-440-3990) so that members of the general public can contact the Miami County Sheriff's Department with any information regarding King's disappearance or murder.

The sheriff's office is now moving ahead with a homicide investigation. He said King's mother has lived in the same home for the last 37 years, kept the same phone number - and the hope that King remained alive.

It's not clear what brought her from Arkansas to Ohio.

"Law enforcement never forgets", said Miami County Sheriff Dave Duchak at a press conference Wednesday.

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