37 years after a mysterious 'Jane Doe' death, she is finally identified

Rebelander Basilan
Apr 15, 2018
05:36 P.M.
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A woman from Arkansas was officially identified nearly four decades after her dead body was discovered.


As reported by People, Marcia L. King, the victim of a 1981 homicide in Miami County, OH, north of Dayton, was long known as the “Buckskin Girl" while she officially remained a Jane Doe.

On April 24, 1981, King, who was 21 years old at the time of her death, was found fully clothed and wearing a buckskin jacket in a ditch alongside Greenlee Road in Troy, Ohio.

According to an autopsy report, the woman died of strangulation and blunt force trauma.

King's case was entered into the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System in 2008 and the Miami Valley Regional Crime confirmed her identity as Marcia L. King on April 9, 2018.


The victim's identification was conducted by a nonprofit organization, DNA DOE Project. The organization, which was founded in 2017, applied genetic genealogy tools to the identification of unknown people.

The "Buckskin Girl" case was accepted as one of the first for its project.

“Law enforcement never forgets,” People quoted Miami Sheriff Dave Duchak as saying.

In a news release, the sheriff’s office stated that the continues act of trying to find out who King was included more than three decades of identification efforts.

Her DNA was gotten from a blood sample and uploaded to a public genealogy database.


It's still not clear what King was doing in Ohio the day she died, but the sheriff's office reportedly said that before she traveled to Miami County, she has been around Louisville, Kentucky, and Pittsburgh.

The investigation is still ongoing since the culprit has not been identified yet.

According to the authorities, identifying King is a big step in the direction of finding out who is responsible for the crime.

“It is an old case … but we are determined to bring the person to justice who did it,” the sheriff’s chief deputy, Steve Lord, said.

King's family, who never reported her missing, has requested that their privacy be respected by the public and media.

It has been reported that her mother now plans to replace her Jane Doe headstone at Riverside Cemetery in Troy.