Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

'Buckskin Girl' identified after being found dead in OH 37 years ago

'Buckskin Girl' identified after being found dead in OH 37 years ago

On April 24, 1981, a 21-year-old woman was found strangled to death along a road in Miami County, 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.

On Wednesday, the Miami County Sheriff's Office said the body had been identified using DNA as Marcia King, of Arkansas, who was 21 years old. The project relies on genetic genealogy tools similar to those used by genealogists for analyzing DNA results normally provided by direct-to-consumer testing companies.

She was fully clothed, wearing jeans and a fringed buckskin jacket with a Native American design. "After thirty-seven years, the body of the "#Buckskin Girl" has been identified.

King's was one of the first cases accepted into the DNA Doe Project. Her body was found in Troy in 1981.

"They requested that be respected", said Duchak.

Police say King was never reported as a missing person.

He declined to give further information, citing an active homicide investigation. In 2010, NamUs case management was assigned to Dr. Elizabeth Murray, a forensic anthropologist and professor of biology at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, who has assisted with the investigation since. At best, it is known that King had some connections to the cities of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Louisville, Kentucky.

Mike Ullery | AIM Media Midwest DNA Doe Project founders Colleen Fitzpatrick and Margaret Press address the media during Wednesday's press conference announcing the identification of Jane Doe, aka "Buckskin Girl" who was found murdered along Greenlee Road in April of 1981.

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. Although, until now, her identity was unknown, her grave receives visitors and the occasional spray of flowers.

"Buckskin Girl" was one of those cases. Speaking Wednesday, Miami County Sheriff Steve Lord said he has been in touch with the victim's family, who have been cooperative.

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