DNA from 17-year-old exhumed TN remains to be tested at Univ. of North Texas

(from www.applytexas.org)

LAFOLLETTE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities in East Tennessee have exhumed the remains of a woman found dead more than 17 years ago in an effort to identify her.

Campbell County Sheriff's Detective Lt. John Long said officers found the body alongside a Campbell County road in 1998.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the remains were taken to the Regional Forensic Center on Wednesday, where DNA will be extracted and sent to the University of North Texas, which will help compare it to possible matches.

Amy Dobbs, who is the regional system administrator for the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, said the agency's national coordinator told her about a month ago that there were possible matches based on other information in the case, but a DNA sample was needed to confirm anything.

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