WATCH: “Jane Doe” homicide victim identified after 37 years says Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office
DOÑA ANA COUNTY, New Mexico -- The Sheriff's Office identified the remains of "Jane Doe" as 16-year-old Dorthy Harrison.
Doña Ana County Sherriffs believe her estimated time of death was between September 10, 1984, to January 10, 1985.
Harrison was from Wichita, Kansas.
The 37 year- old cold case was revisited in 2021. DASO worked with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children with their help they were offered resources with Forensic Investigators.
Her remains were identified using bone powder from her left femur bone, no larger than a 200 mg ibuprofen tablet. Forensic investigators built out a genealogical family tree with the bone powder, identifying Harrison.
Harrison left her family home in the summer of 1984. The last contact Harrison had with her family was in early September of that year. She told them she was in El Paso.
Harrison's family had this to say in a statement :
"Dorothy was a typical teenager. She was only 16 years old when this horrific crime happened to her. Like most, she was sometimes unhappy at home and easily influenced. She left home with some people she thought were her friends and we never saw her again."
This is the oldest identification of a cold case in New Mexico. New technology allowed for Doña Ana County Sheriff's Office to find the exact location of where the body was found. An accurate location was not available when she was first discovered.
The Doña Ana County Sheriff's Office said Monday they've managed to identify a female homicide victim in a 37-year-old cold case.
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