Jane Doe case out of Arizona may have ties to Halifax County or Pittsylvania County

Southside Virginia News

(WFXR) — After almost three decades without answers, ongoing genealogy work by the DNA Doe Project has revealed an unidentified woman found dead in Arizona could be connected to Southside Virginia.

In 1992, a young woman was found dead on state trust land in Apache Junction, Ariz. The Apache Junction Police Department believes she was between the ages of 16 and 18 and had Hispanic and African American ancestry.

Authorities determined her body was in the desert for five to 10 weeks.

After teaming up with the DNA Doe Project in the hopes of identifying this woman, experts believe she may have some ties to Halifax County or Pittsylvania County.

“Her ties to those counties in Virginia are through her African American side,” said Cairenn Binder, a investigative genetic genealogist with the DNA Doe Project. “…She certainly does have DNA cousins in those counties, which have helped us to identify some possible common ancestors on her African American side.”

Investigators with the DNA Doe Project say those in Halifax County or Pittsylvania County may have the missing piece of information to identify her.

The group is asking for people who live in those counties to upload their information to the DNA Doe Project’s database to help find close matches with the woman and find her family.

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