Police say the body has been identified 31 years after a biologist discovered her remains in the Nevada desert

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As a biologist Journey through the Nevada desert While conducting a turtle survey nearly 31 years ago, they noticed something strange: a handmade quilt was buried under “several large rocks” in the dirt.

The biologist seemed closer, the Las Vegas Police Department said in a Jan. 16 news release posted on X, formerly known as Twitter. They saw what looked like human hair and “smelled the foul odor of decomposition.”

After a biologist contacted police about the strange discovery near Tropicana Avenue and Durango Drive, the Clark County coroner’s office performed an autopsy, police said. The coroner ruled the woman’s death a homicide that occurred in mid-to-late 1991.

When police were unable to identify the woman, they gave her the name “Jane Tropicana Doe,” a name she went by for decades as the case went cold, according to police.

Police said they contacted Othram, A Forensic Genealogy Companyin February 2023 to help identify “Gin Tropicana Do.”

Genetic genealogy DNA testing is used alongside “traditional genealogical methods” to create “family history profiles,” according to the Library of Congress. Through genealogical DNA testing, researchers can determine if and how people are biologically related.

created Outram”Comprehensive DNA profile “For women,” Outerham said in a press release.

The FBI used the profile to generate, identify and investigate new leads, then contacted the woman’s potential relatives, the company said.

Using samples from her relatives, the woman was identified as Linda Sue Anderson, the company said.

Anderson, who was 38 at the time of her death, lived in Henderson and last spoke to her family in June 1991, police said.

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