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

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

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.

The scientific assistance that led to the victim's identification was conducted by the DNA Doe Project, a nonprofit organization created in 2017 to apply genealogy tools to the identification of unknown persons.

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 "Buckskin Girl" name came from the distinctive buckskin jacket she was wearing.

Police announced that Marcia L. King was the 21-year-old found dead outside of Dayton in 1981.

"They were hopeful Marcia was going to come home, however they're learning at this date that that's not going to happen", Lord said.

The sheriff's office is now moving ahead with a homicide investigation.

DNA profiles of the victim had been developed through the Miami Valley Regional crime lab in 2001 and through a DNA lab at the University of North Texas in 2009. 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.

"I said, I have the cases, if you have the technology", Murray said. "We've had a long journey to where we are today", Duchak said.

Investigators are focusing on the last month of King's life.

Mike Ullery | AIM Media Midwest Artist conceptions of Jane Doe, aka "Buckskin Girl", from February 2016.

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.

A series of DNA profiles and studies were done on the victim, who became known as "Buckskin Girl" over the years. She was known to have ties to Pittsburgh and Louisville, Ky., areas.

The woman was found hours after she was strangled and beaten to death in April 1981, according to the Miami County sheriff's office.

"Buckskin Girl" was one of those cases.

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