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Arkansas woman identified as victim in 37-year-old Ohio case

Marcia L. King, 21, of Arkansas was identified as a victim in an Ohio case. (Photo courtesy: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)

A 21-year-old Arkansas woman was identified as a homicide victim in a case that happened nearly 37 years ago in Ohio.

On April 24, 1981, a female victim was found dead on Greenlee Rd. in Miami County, Ohio. Authorities say she was fully clothed, wearing jeans and a fringed, buckskin jacket that would later assign her the name "Buckskin Girl," and appeared to have only been dead for hours.

An autopsy revealed she died by strangulation and blunt force trauma, but authorities were unable to identify her at the time.

Over the years, several efforts were made to try and identify the victim. Her fingerprints were entered into the FBI’s Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), DNA technology was used to develop genetic profiles, a new facial image was generated by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and more.

It wasn't until Monday, April 9, 2018, that authorities confirmed the victim was Marcia L. King of Arkansas. According to KFSM, the Miami County Sheriff's Office says King was from North Little Rock.

Authorities say they finally got a break in the case because of the DNA Doe Project, a nonprofit which relies on genetic genealogy tools to help identify unknown persons. It accepted the Ohio case as one of its first projects.

The DNA Doe Project was able to get a blood sample kept in storage since 1981, process it and upload it to a public genealogy database. This eventually led to the identification of King.

A death certificate will now be issued for her.

Decades later, the sheriff's office is still working on finding a suspect but says identifying King is a critical step in advancing the case.

Anyone with information on the crime can contact the Miami County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at (937) 440-3990 or leave tips at www.miamicountysheriff.org/contact-us-1.

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