Arkansas Woman Identified as 1981 Homicide Victim in Ohio

Kenny Tucker
April 13, 2018

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.

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. When her body was found on that April day, she had only been dead for a few hours.

She was 21 years old at the time of her death, according to a Miami County Sheriff's Office news release.

The DNA Doe Project helped to identify King through genetic genealogy.

A cold case in #Miami County, Ohio may be one step closer to being solved. "I think you'll hear today that this is really some revolutionary and groundbreaking work". "After thirty-seven years, the body of the "#Buckskin Girl" has been identified. 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 DNA technology became available, the Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab generated the victim's nuclear DNA profile in 2001, according to officials.

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Murray said both DNA profiles were uploaded to CODIS, the federal DNA database, with no matches. She was found clothed, wearing bell-bottom blue jeans, a brown turtleneck sweater with an orange crisscross design on the front, and a handmade tan buckskin pullover jacket with leather fringe around the seams and a deep purple lining.

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

"Buckskin Girl" was one of those cases.

The case remained unsolved for decades, but it "has remained assigned to a detective as an active investigation since the victim was discovered", the Miami County Sheriff's Office said.

Authorities in OH are a major step closer to solving a 37-year-old cold case involving the mysterious murder of the so-called "Buckskin Girl", according to new reports.

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