Clay County investigators release new information about cold case homicide victim found in 1985

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Investigators say a homicide victim found in April of 1985 was young African American woman, not Caucasian as previously believed.

Investigators say a homicide victim found in April of 1985 was young African American woman, not Caucasian as previously believed.

CLAY COUNTY, Mo. — Cold case investigators working to solve a 1985 homicide released new information about the victim on Monday night. The young woman whose bones were found in a field near Missouri 210 Highway and Boyer Road on April 18 of that year was African American, not Caucasian as previously believed.

Investigators  say advances in technology, forensic science and computer imaging revealed new details about the victim, who was between the ages of 17 and 23 at the time of her death. While she was found in 1985, she may have been killed in 1984.

When new efforts in this case were announced in February of 2015, investigators also pointed out that a tortoise-shell barrette style was found at the recovery site.

A tortoise-shell barrette style comb which was found at the recovery site.

A tortoise-shell barrette style comb which was found at the recovery site.

Anyone who recognizes the victim should contact the Clay County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Unit at (816) 407-3716, or email at coldcase@sheriffclayco.com

Clay County investigators released information related to this case while operating under the premise that the victim was Caucasian, that report is below to include a man’s description of the day the victim’s body was found: