The remains of an unidentified woman, the victim of an unsolved murder in 1969, was exhumed from Queen Anne’s Mt. Pleasant Cemetery on Friday by detectives from the King County Sheriff’s Office, who hope that newly discovered DNA samples found near the murder site may help them identify the victim and her killer.
The victim is known only as the “Tolt Hill Jane Doe,” named for where her remains were found – her decomposed body was discovered on a dirt road near the Tolt River Bridge in east King County (now 290th Avenue Northeast) on June 5, 1969, according to a report by the SeattlePI. In 2006 a nearby resident found a portion of a skull, believed to be that of a woman, approximately three blocks from the site where the Tolt Hill victim was found 37 years earlier. Concerned that the two cases may be related, officials exhumed the Tolt Hill victim in order to take a DNA sample.
Detectives are sending samples from each specimen to the DNA database at the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification, where they will be entered into the FBI’s CODIS system, in the hopes of discovering whether the two came from the same woman and, in the event that their DNA does not match, who the victims were and if their deaths were related.