Nashville woman identified after remains found 20 years ago on Kentucky interstate

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Investigators have identified a Nashville woman after her remains were found along a southern Kentucky interstate two decades ago.

Kentucky State Police said Thursday that Dawn Clare Plonsky Wilkerson was the woman whose decomposed remains were discovered on Oct. 9, 2001 at the 12 mile marker of I-65 in Simpson County.

Nearly 20 years later, state police were able to identify Wilkerson, who was 45 at the time of her death, with the assistance of the DNA Doe Project.

“It’s very difficult to have an investigation where you don’t even know who the victim is,” Trooper Daniel Priddy, Public Affairs Officer for Post 3 in Bowling Green, Kentucky said. “Even though this happened in 2001, we really feel like this is the first opportunity we’ve had to find out who did this, what exactly happened and to give some closure to the family.”

KSP tells News 2 the victim’s family has been identified and notified.

The cause and manner of death have never been released, but the death investigation remains active.

“Any type of information you have involving this person’s death, no matter how small you think that information is, you never know what would be able to assist us in this investigation,” Trooper Priddy said.

Anyone with information on Wilkerson’s death is asked to contact Kentucky State Police at 270-782-2010.

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