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Investigation into 1982 homicide reopened

  • Associated Press
  • May 16, 2014 - 2:20 PM

PORTAGE, Wis. — The Columbia County sheriff's office has reopened an investigation into a cold-case homicide.

The decomposed body of a woman was found along a rural road in the Township of Caledonia in 1982. She died of blunt-force trauma to the head.

Authorities were not able to identify the remains. She was buried in 1987 as a Jane Doe.

Detectives exhumed her body last month. Investigators are working with the FBI Crime Laboratory to compare her DNA against others in a missing persons index.

The victim is described as a Caucasian woman standing 5-foot-5 ½ inches to 5-foot-6 ½ inches tall, ranging in age from 45 to 60s. She probably had given birth.

Anyone with information should contact Sheriff Dennis Richards.

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