Two women found dead in ‘Texas Killing Fields’ identified with DNA technology

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A murdered woman found in an area known as the “Texas Killing Fields” that was recently identified using DNA technology could be from Tennessee, according to information previously released by police.

According to a press release from FamilyTreeDNA, the remains of two women found dead in the area have now been positively identified using the company’s technology. However, their identities have not yet been released. 

All previous investigations into the deaths of the women failed to identify the remains of the women or turn up a suspect. Now, the 20-year-old cold cases might be solved. 

“DNA samples and data files that were processed and uploaded into FamilyTreeDNA’s family matching database, League City Police Detectives were able to identify the two victims within a matter of days and are actively investigating the circumstances surrounding their deaths,” the company said. 

Police officials previously told reporters that one of the women might be from Tennessee after her DNA was analyzed during a previous investigation. 

According to officials with the League City Police, a press conference will be held on Monday, April 15, 2019, in order to release more information about their findings.

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Investigators from the League City Police Department released a composite sketch of the victim back in 2018 with the hope that someone might recognize her.

The sketch was created using a new method of forensic DNA analysis called DNA Phenotyping. It can predict the physical appearance and ancestry of the unidentified woman.

The analysis predicted the woman most likely had fair to very fair skin, blue or green eyes, blond/brown hair, no or few freckles, and has a likely family origin of Tennessee. 

Coroners estimate the woman was 22 to 30 years old, 5’5″ to 5’8″ tall and that she had died six weeks to six months prior to being found on February 2, 1986. 

The woman had a small caliber gunshot wound to the back. She also had old, healed injuries which were unrelated to her death. Her left fourth and fifth ribs showed healed fractures that were likely the result of a singular event. 

She also had a noticeable gap in the upper portion of her front teeth.

If you or someone you know originates from the specific geographic areas listed above, please check with relatives and ask if any females matching the description provided in the poster went missing around 1986 or inexplicably have not been in contact since that time. 

If you have any information that may help in this investigation, please call Lieutenant Michael Buffington of the League City Police Department at 281-338-8220.

The woman is currently entered in the National Missing and Unidentified System. Click here for more information

This is a developing story. Stay with News 2 on-air and online for updates. 

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