New DNA technology being used to identify 2002 remains with possible connection to southwest Virginia

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(WFXR) — Almost two decades after the badly-decomposed body of a woman — believed to be between the age of 16 and 30 — was found in Texas, there’s a new attempt to identify the victim. There’s a possibility she’s connected to southwest Virginia.

Investigators in Texas are working with a nonprofit group, the DNA Doe Project, using new DNA technology to try to identify the remains found in 2002.

According to officials, some of the evidence linked her to a geographic area centered around West Virginia, but it stretches as far south as the North Carolina Piedmont.

According to Kevin Lord with the DNA Doe Project, “we’ve been working on it for about four, four and a half months now, doing the actual genealogy research.”

Researchers say Jane Doe could be from the Beckley, West Virginia area, as well as Patrick County, Virginia, or Surry County, North Carolina. They are reaching out to who they believe may be extended family members living in these areas.

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