Arkansas Woman Identified in OH 37 Years After Death

Mike Ullery | AIM Media Midwest The body of Jane Doe — now known to be 21-year-old Marcia Cross of Arkansas — rests under a simple marker at Riverside Cemetery in Troy. Although until now her identity was unknown her grave receives visitors and the

Dubbed "Buckskin Girl", the female has been identified as Marcia L. King, 21 at the time of her death, from Arkansas, it was announced during a press conference on Wednesday.

The breakthrough came on April 9, 2018 when the Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab confirmed it was King.

King was found dead in OH in 1981 wearing jeans and a jacket that lent her the monicker that would stick for over three decades. She'd been killed just hours earlier, strangled and suffering blunt-force trauma.

The scientific assistance that finally led to the victim's identification was conducted by the DNA Doe Project, a nonprofit organization recently created to apply genetic genealogy tools to the identification of unknown persons. The Miami County Jane Doe case was accepted as one of the first cases for the project.

The slain woman's family have requested that their privacy be respected by the media and public.

Her name remained a mystery for 37 years.

Then previous year, Murray said she met the founders of the DNA Doe project at a conference and began working with them.

Police say King was never reported as a missing person.

2008: The profile of "Buckskin Girl" is entered into the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. Both the nuclear and mitochondrial genetic profiles are then entered into the FBI's Combined DNA Index System.

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Authorities said they didn't want to release too much information because the investigation into King's murder is still active.

"I said, I have the cases, if you have the technology", Murray said. "This is some revolutionary, ground-breaking work".

"Law enforcement never forgets". "We've had a long journey to where we are today".

The sheriff's office recounted in a statement how on April 24, 1981, the fully-clothed body of a female homicide victim was discovered on Greenlee Road in Troy. He said police believe King was in Louisville and Pittsburgh in March 1981, the month before her murder.

"The identification of the victim is critical in advancing the investigation towards finding the person or persons responsible for this crime", the Miami County Sheriff's Office said.

It's not clear what brought her from Arkansas to Ohio. Investigators who found the slain woman publicized the unique jacket she was found with, hoping someone would recognize it and come forward, to no avail. As of this writing, King's headstone reads simply: "Jane Doe".

King's body was found a mere 20 miles north of the city of Dayton, which is close to the border with Kentucky.

Retired Miami County Sheriff's detective, Lt.

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