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OH MARION JANE DOE: WF, 15-22, dumped along Victory Road - 10 March 2007 *Dana Lowrey*

Discussion in 'Identified!' started by Akoya, Apr 18, 2017.

  1. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member


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    Akoya Bronze Member


    2500 Victory Rd, Marion, OH 43302
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    Ohio AG: Marion victim of alleged Ashland serial killer is from Gulf Coast

    COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Marion County Sheriff’s Office are seeking help from authorities in the southern United States to identify a person whose skeletal remains were found in Marion, Ohio, in 2007.

    Investigators are requesting this assistance after isotope testing conducted by the University of South Florida determined that the female, who is believed to be a victim of a suspected serial killer, likely spent much of her life in a state that borders the Gulf coast.

    Oxygen isotope values found in the victim’s bones indicate that she was likely born in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, or Florida. The testing also revealed that she likely spent the last five years of her life in Texas, Florida, or the Caribbean (Bahamas, Puerto Rico, etc.).

    A full DNA profile has been generated from her remains, however no matches have been made in the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) to date. Shawn Grate, who was sentenced to death on June 1, 2018, for the murders of two other women, has confessed to the murder of the Marion County Jane Doe, according to a press release from the Ohio Attorney General's Office.
  4. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Wonderful! They're closing in!
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    DNA testing might help identify Grate murder victim

    MARION — Someone's curiosity about their family tree could help law enforcement identify a Marion County homicide victim who has been without a name for more than a decade.

    The Marion County Sheriff's Office hopes to use a genealogy website to identify the woman believed to have been the first victim of convicted killer Shawn Grate.

    The woman's identity has remained a mystery since her remains were found off a Marion County road in 2007, even after Grate confessed to her killing after his arrest in September 2016.

    But a "cutting edge" investigative tool that has gained notoriety since cracking open the cold case of the Golden State Killer in April could help solve her identity.

    The Marion County sheriff has reached out to a California-based team of genealogical researchers that has had success in identifying previously unnamed victims, including a young woman killed near Troy, Ohio, in 1981.

    In the case of the Golden State Killer, a genealogy website was instrumental in identifying and arresting a suspect, more than 40 years after the serial killer and rapist began terrorizing people in California.

    "We'd heard of some cases that were solved through the genealogy," said Marion County Sheriff Tim Bailey, citing the Golden State Killer example. "We were tuned into that, but we didn't know exactly where to go."
  6. spike

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  7. Redrover

    Redrover Well-Known Member

    "Dana" selling magazines?
  8. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    "Shawn Grate"!!! :mad: What an EVIL P.O.S.!!! Dosen't remember anything about her. Killed Her because she never delivered the "Magazines" to his Mother she bought from this Woman?. Bull!!! And even if the woman was a "Scammer", That is NO EXCUSE!!! But typical "Serial killer". ANYTHING IS TOO GOOD FOR HIM!!!
  9. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    DNA Doe Project Closer To Identifying Shawn Grate Victim

    Volunteer researchers at the DNA Doe Project are one step closer to discovering the identity of a woman who is believed to be one of convicted serial killer Shawn Grate's first victims.

    The unidentified woman, referred to as "Vicky Dana Doe," was discovered in March 2007 when a man who was collecting litter uncovered her remains on the side of the road near the intersection of Victory Road and Linn-Hipsher Road in Marion. Her body had been estimated to have been there for several years.

    "Our team is currently leveraging Vicky Dana Doe's DNA to identify genetic cousins and research family trees that she may belong to," said Amanda Reno, the Team Lead for Vicky Dana Doe's case. "The process consists of identifying common ancestor groups within her DNA cousin matches, then establishing how each of these groups come together, helping us isolate the exact family group she is from. The research involves records of all types, including censuses, city directories, court records and vital records. Some of the records we leverage date back more than 150 years."

    The DNA Doe Project lists Vicky Dana Doe as being a white or caucausian woman, who was somewhere around the ages of 15-24 when she was killed. Forensic science determined that she could have grown up in states such as Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, or Georgia.

    Citizens with relevant information on the case are urged to contact authorities directly at the Marion County Sheriff's Office.


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  10. Redrover

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    A press conference is scheduled for today (June 4th) at 10:30 EST to release information regarding her identification according the DNA DOE PROJECT Facebook page.
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  12. Whatsnext

    Whatsnext Well-Known Member

    Wow, the DNA Doe Project is really excellent, well done!:)
  13. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Yes, they are a fantastic organization!
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    We're fortunate that we uploaded Dana’s DNA prior to a change in the terms of service with GEDmatch which now limits out matches to only users who have opted in," said Amanda Reno, a volunteer with the DNA Doe Project who worked on Lowrey's case. "If we had uploaded Dana’s DNA even one week later, we would have experienced a tremendous setback in her identification."

    A photo of Dana Nicole Lowrey, who is believed to have been the first victim of serial killer Shawn Grate when she was 23 years old. Investigators identified her as the woman whose skeletal remains were found off Victory Road in 2007. (Photo: Submitted)

    Reno said that she and other team members were able to identify Lowrey as the possible Marion County victim "within a few hours."

    Bailey said that investigators interviewed Grate on Friday and laid out a series of photographs to see if he could identify Lowrey.

    "He could not, and he gave no additional information that would've helped us in the case," he said. "The picture (of Lowrey), just to be fair, was taken two years prior to her death, so he may not have remembered her as he saw her."

    Marion County Prosecutor Ray Grogan said he is reviewing possible charges in Lowrey's killing.

    Attorney General Yost said it is worth pursuing more charges.

    "You might think, 'So what? This guy's already under the death penalty. He's already in prison.' It's important that the justice system brings closure. The family needs final answers," Yost said. "Frankly, as chief law officer of the state, I'd like this guy to have another conviction on his record just in case we have a problem on appeal in the future (in the Ashland County case)."

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