Skeletal remains found in Tennessee identified nearly 40 years later as Indiana teenager

Skeletal remains found in Tennessee identified nearly 40 years later as Indiana teenager
Skeletal remains found in Tennessee identified nearly 40 years later as Indiana teenager

The remains of a teenage girl have been identified nearly 40 years after they were discovered in Tennessee, authorities said.

The skeletal remains were found on April 3, 1985, in Campbell County, but detectives struggled for decades to uncover his identity. At the time, they speculated she was likely between 10 and 15 years old, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said in a news release.

The victim was known only as ‘Baby Girl’ until earlier this week, when the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification was able to positively identify the remains as belonging to Tracy Sue. Walker. She disappeared from the Lafayette, Ind., area in 1978, when she was about 15 years old.

Despite the major breakthrough in the case, authorities still know very little about the circumstances that led to Walker’s death.

“Now, TBI special agents are hoping the public can help provide information that may help determine the circumstances that led to Tracy Sue Walker’s death and how she ended up in Campbell County,” they said. said investigators.

Authorities attributed advances in the development of DNA technology in recent years to their break in the case.

In 2007, investigators submitted the teenager’s DNA to the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification, and a DNA profile was created for her in the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System – often called CODIS – as well as in the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. Authorities re-examined the case in 2013, but learned nothing new until last year, when a sample of the child’s remains was sent to Othram, a private lab in Texas that assisted law enforcement in several cold cases.

Scientists there discovered a possible relative of Walker in Indiana, who later confirmed to authorities that the child had disappeared years ago.

Authorities have asked anyone with information about Walker’s death, or anyone who may know who she was with prior to her death, to contact 1-800-TBI-FIND.

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