Analysis offers new clues in woman’s 1985 death in Missouri

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LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities are re-examining the death of a woman whose skeletal remains were found more than 30 years ago in a western Missouri field.

The Kansas City Star ( ) reports that the Cass County Sheriff’s Office now believes the woman was African-American and not white as investigators long thought. The University of Northern Texas Center for Human Identification recently studied her remains further. The University of Kansas Hospital and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children also assisted.

The examination suggests the woman was likely between the ages of 17 and 23 when she died.

A tortoise-shell, barrette-style comb was near her remains when they were found in 1985. Her teeth had several unattended cavities and visible decay.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.