Jane 'Buckskin Girl' Doe identified after 37 years

'Buckskin Girl' identified

Identity of Ohio's 'Buckskin Girl' finally discovered 37 years later

A 21-year-old woman who received the nickname after being found dead in OH in 1981, wearing jeans and a buckskin jacket with a Native American design, was revealed Wednesday to be Marcia L. King of Arkansas. Both the nuclear and mitochondrial genetic profiles are then entered into the FBI's Combined DNA Index System.

Dr. Elizabeth Murray, a forensic anthropologist with Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, said the case involved "groundbreaking" work through the nonprofit DNA Doe Project to apply genetic genealogy to the identification of unknown persons.

Sheriff's Office said the body was identified through DNA testing as 21-year-old Marcia King of Arkansas. Police say King's mother has lived in the same home for the last 37 years and hasn't changed her phone number, in the hopes that her daughter would return.

April 2016: Pollen studies are conducted on the victim's clothing by the US Customs and Border Protection Agency. Miami County's Jane Doe case was one of the first cases accepted for the project, using degraded DNA. Furthermore, King was never reported missing, and little was known about her until Greg Bridenbaugh, a farmer on Greenlee Road, found her corpse.

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

King's family has requested privacy as they process the recent discovery.

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The situation remained unsolved for decades, however, it "has remained assigned to a detective as a lively evaluation as the victim was discovered", the Miami County Sheriff's workplace stated. "We've had a long journey to where we are today", Duchak said. At best, it is known that King had some connections to the cities of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Louisville, Kentucky.

"The identification of this casualty is crucial in improving the investigation towards finding the man or woman or individuals responsible with this offense", the Miami County Sheriff's workplace stated.

"Jane Doe" named: A woman's body that was discovered in a ditch along an OH roadway in 1981 has now been identified as 21-year-old Marcia King, from Arkansas (left).

Confirmation of King's identity came on Monday.

King's body was discovered on Greenlee Road in Miami County.

Chief Deputy Steve Lord of the Miami County Sheriff's Office discusses identification of Jane Doe at a Wednesday press conference at the MCSO Training Center.

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