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

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    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.
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    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."
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