Jane 'Buckskin Girl' Doe identified after 37 years

Jane 'Buckskin Girl' Doe identified after 37 years

Jane 'Buckskin Girl' Doe identified after 37 years

A cold case in #Miami County, Ohio may be one step closer to being solved.

Law enforcement had until now been unsuccessful in identifying "Buckskin Girl", despite using multiple investigative techniques, Murray said.

A woman's body found on an OH road almost 37 years ago was identified Monday as that of a 21-year-old from Arkansas.

Dr. Elizabeth Murray, a forensic anthropologist and professor of Biology at Mount Saint Joseph University in Cincinnati discusses her part in the decades-long investigation to identify Miami County's Jane Doe, aka "Buckskin Girl", during Wednesday's press conference at the MCSO Training Center.

Despite this finding, police have still not yet found King's killer. He said police believe King was in Louisville and Pittsburgh in March 1981, the month before her murder. In 2008, "Buckskin Girl" became one of the first people entered into the university's National Missing and Unidentified Persons System database, Murray said.

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"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 Sheriff's Office said.

She died of strangulation and blunt force trauma to the head.

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

Police say King was never reported as a missing person.

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

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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.

King's relatives have mostly kept their feelings private.

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. Speaking Wednesday, Miami County Sheriff Steve Lord said he has been in touch with the victim's family, who have been cooperative.

"Buckskin Girl" was one of those cases.

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