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OH BUCKSKIN GIRL JANE DOE: WF, 18-26, found near State Rt. 55 in OH - April 1981 *Marcia King*

Discussion in 'Identified!' started by Kimster, Jul 26, 2015.

  1. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

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  2. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Hello Marcia! May this lead to finding your killer. Our thoughts and prayers for your loved ones. :praying:
  3. TripleA

    TripleA Zoo Keeper

    :vigil: RIP Marcia King. So happy to know her name.
  4. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    The sketch is great. Rest in Peace, Marcia.
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  5. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member


    “Law enforcement never forgets," Sheriff Dave Duchak said in announcing the identification made using new genetic genealogy tools by the nonprofit DNA Doe Project with confirmation by the Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab.

    the DNA project should really be be proud of themselves! They were instrumental in bringing Marcia home. This new DNA project is very exciting, hopefully more people will be identified via their help.
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  6. patsella

    patsella Bronze Member

    That's very disturbing. The family has been hit with a bombshell and their privacy and loss of family member respected.

    I've stated before that the important thing is the UID has their name back. It's not about us, it's about them. I think some
    people forget that fact and feel entitled, very sad.
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  7. patsella

    patsella Bronze Member

    Well said Akoya.
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  8. patsella

    patsella Bronze Member

    I'm so grateful for the DNA Doe Project and their hard work. If not for them, I believe these cases would still be cold.
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  9. spike

    spike Bronze Member

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  10. patsella

    patsella Bronze Member

    Good grief, too many distractions going on here at home.
    It should have said their privacy and loss of a family member needs to be respected.
    So sorry for the error.
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  11. Sunburst

    Sunburst Bronze Member

    "Investigators confirmed her identity Monday through DNA. They also discovered she may have had ties to Kentucky, Arkansas, Ohio and Pennsylvania shortly before she was killed." "If anyone knew King or remembers coming into to contact with her, they are asked to call the Miami County Sheriff's Office Tip Line at 937-440-3990 or leave tips at www.miamicountysheriff.org/contact-us-1. "

    "According to Miami County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Steve Lord, he has been in contact with King’s family and they wish to remain private while they now grieve the loss of their loved one. He said King’s mother has lived in the same home for the last 37 years, kept the same phone number — and the hope that King remained alive."
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  12. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Her dear mama. :tears: Everytime this happens it doesn't get any easier, does it? My heart goes out to these families.

    While we're so happy that Buckskin Girl has been identified, we are so sad that Marcia King has passed away.
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  13. spike

    spike Bronze Member

    What a beautiful girl.:(
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  14. grandfather

    grandfather Well-Known Member

    I saw this on our local news last night. Very sad for the family to had had hope of finding their daughter all these years only to find out she was murdered. At least now they know so they can move on.
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  15. grandfather

    grandfather Well-Known Member

    Believe me, I know the feeling of being harassed it is usually self serving on the part of the person or entity doing the harassing. The problem with Reddit is the site does not edit the comments or urls and lets anyone who signs up for the site to post or comment.
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  16. Advocate

    Advocate Ask me how to get your loved one in NamUs

    If you watch the presser on FB live the one lady says that she's looking into getting grants so that DNA Doe Project can take more cases.

    New album on Never Forget Me that will focus on her murder. I made a quick flier - Marcia King, 21 Arkansas Buckskin Girl 4/24/1981

    MARCIA KING age 21
    Last seen wearing a distinctive fringed Buckskin jacket with braided pig tails in her hair.
    Anyone with information about King can contact the Miami County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at (937) 440-3990 or leave tips at www.miamicountysheriff.org/contact-us1

    Miami County Sheriff's Office Troy, Ohio April 11 at 4:18pm ·



    On April 24, 1981, the body of a female homicide victim was discovered on Greenlee Road, in Miami County, Ohio; she was fully clothed and was estimated to have been dead for only hours. She was wearing jeans and a fringed buckskin jacket with a Native American design.

    The autopsy, conducted at Montgomery County Coroner’s Office, concluded the victim was killed by strangulation and blunt force trauma. The case has remained assigned to a detective as an active investigation since the victim was discovered. The female’s identity was not able to be determined at the time, though fingerprints were obtained and later entered into the FBI’s Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). The victim had no dental fillings, but had a crown on her upper right front tooth.

    As DNA technology came available, the Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab generated the victim’s nuclear DNA profile in 2001. In December of 2008, the profile of “Buckskin Girl” as she became known was entered into the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs). In 2009, her mitochondrial DNA profile was developed at the NamUs DNA lab at the University o f North Texas. Both the nuclear and mitochondrial genetic profiles of the deceased were entered into the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). In January of 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 in the investigation since then.

    The victim remained unidentified for nearly 37 years, despite continued efforts. Identification efforts included a new facial image generated by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in February 2016; pollen studies on the victim’s clothing by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency in April 2016; and stable isotope studies on her hair in June 2016 in an effort to trace the victim’s location and geographic movements in the last year of life.

    Today we announce that Marcia L. King of Arkansas has been identified as the Miami County Jane Doe who became known as the Buckskin Girl. She was twenty-one years of age at the time of her death. The DNA confirmation was made on Monday, April 9, 2018 by the Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab. The Miami County Coroner, Dr. William Ginn, will issue the death certificate.

    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 victim's DNA was obtained from a blood sample that had been in storage since 1981; it was processed using advanced DNA techniques, and uploaded to a public genealogy database. The DNA Doe Project was founded in 2017 by Colleen Fitzpatrick and Margaret Press. The Miami County Jane Doe case was accepted as one of the first cases for the project. The DNA Doe Project relies on genetic genealogy tools similar to those used by genealogists for analyzing DNA results normally provided by direct-to-consumer testing companies.

    The identification of the victim is critical in advancing the investigation towards finding the person or persons responsible for this crime. The family of Marcia King has requested that their privacy be respected by the media and public. Anyone with information can contact the Miami County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at (937) 440-3990 or leave tips at www.miamicountysheriff.org/contact-us-1.

    Dave Duchak, Sheriff
    Miami County

    Date of Release: 4/11/2018

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  17. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member

    That's amazing. DNA Doe Project IMO should be funded by the government. It's a really incredible system that actually works.
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  18. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Here's a really good follow-up article on Marcia's identification process:

    After decades of work, and hundreds of leads, it was two experts at their computers, in the middle of the night, who cracked the case.

    A four-hour flurry at their computer screens gave a name and a face—and started a homicide investigation—in one of the most infamous of Ohio cold cases: that of the Buck Skin Girl, found in a roadside ditch near Troy, Ohio, in 1981.

    Starting late the night of March 28, Margaret Press and Colleen Fitzpatrick took the highly-degraded incomplete DNA profile, and started combing a public genealogical database. Within a short time, they had a staggering hit: a first cousin once removed.

    They found the woman on Ancestry.com. Then they found the corresponding family tree, where they could click around on the grandparents, and the great-grandparents. Then they split up and worked backward, toward descendants.

    “By a stroke of luck, I opened the name Marcia,” Press recalls. “And a death field was filled in. It said, ‘Death—Unknown. Missing—Presumed Dead.'”

    By 3 a.m. on March 29, they were looking at the Buck Skin Girl’s real name: Marcia L. King. After nearly four decades of searches, interviews, advanced forensics like palynology and stable isotope analysis, and in-depth looks by detectives and experts alike, they had found it.

    “You can’t get a more-immediate confirmation in a case like that,” said Press.

    “After 37 years, to solve it in four hours—I would say it was not expected,” said Fitzpatrick.

    Much much more at link ---------------------------> https://www.forensicmag.com/news/2018/04/buck-skin-girl-case-break-success-new-dna-doe-project
  19. spike

    spike Bronze Member

    What kind of a world are we living on where we must rejoice in finding the identity of a beautiful, once full of life
    young woman.
    It makes no sense and hurts so badly.
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