Indiana girl Tracy Sue Walker ID’d as remains found in Tennessee more than 30 years ago
The skeletal stays of a woman found in Tennessee greater than 30 years in the past have been recognized as a 15-year-old Indiana woman who went lacking within the Seventies.
The unidentified physique investigators had referred to as “Child Woman” was matched to Tracy Sue Walker by means of DNA expertise, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations introduced Tuesday.
Walker went lacking in 1978 from Lafayette, Indiana — practically 400 miles from the place her physique was found in Campbell County, Tennessee.
How she ended up throughout a number of state traces and the way she died stays a thriller, investigators stated.
Walker’s physique was discovered within the Huge Wheel Hole space of Elk Valley on April 3, 1985 about seven years after she disappeared.
Forensic anthropologists had been unable to determine the physique, however confirmed the stays had been these of a white feminine, probably between the ages of 10 and 15 — which impressed investigators to affectionately name her “Child Woman.”
Greater than twenty years after the physique was recovered, investigators submitted a pattern of the stays to the College of North Texas Heart for Human Identification in hopes of studying who she was.
College scientists developed a DNA profile that was entered into the Mixed DNA Index System, in addition to the Nationwide Lacking and Unidentified Individuals System.
In 2013, a Tennessee Bureau of Investigations agent and intelligence analyst revisited the case, in search of any new leads that might discover out who Child Woman was.
Lastly — 9 years later — the investigators acquired a breakthrough within the case after sending a pattern of the woman’s stays to a non-public lab that analyzes human DNA.
Scientists on the lab, Othram, carried out forensic genetic family tree testing and in June, discovered a attainable relative of the kid who shared an analogous DNA profile in Indiana.
Tennessee investigators recognized potential relations in Lafayette, Indiana off the DNA intel. They reached out to at least one particular person, who confirmed a member of the family went lacking from the world in 1978.
Along with the Lafayette police, the investigators obtained familial DNA requirements for attainable siblings of Child Woman and submitted them to the DNA database.
This week, the College of North Texas Heart for Human Identification confirmed that Child Woman was the truth is Walker.
Now, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations is shifting its focus to studying what occurred to Walker.
The bureau is asking anybody with details about the case or information about people Walker was with earlier than her demise to name 1-800-TBI-FIND.