PAW PAW, Mich. (AP) — State police say human remains discovered by a Michigan hunter 31 years ago have been identified as an Oklahoma woman.
First Lieutenant Chuck Christensen tells WOOD-TV that the identity was made by comparing a femur bone with a public genealogy database and interviewing family members. Marcia Bateman of Oklahoma City was 28 years old when she disappeared in 1988.READ MORE: COVID-19 Vaccines Saved Nearly 20 Million Lives In First Year, Study Says
Christensen says Bateman’s death remains under investigation. He says she was “living on the street a little and somewhat transient.”READ MORE: Michigan Ballot Initiative Aims To Protect Abortion Rights
The remains were found off Interstate 196 in Van Buren County, roughly 200 miles west of Detroit.
Christensen gave credit to the DNA Doe Project, which uses genetic genealogy to identify people. Anyone with information about Bateman can call police at (269) 657-5551.MORE NEWS: AG Nessel Says Abortions Are Still Legal In Michigan
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