League City, Texas police have identified two women found in the “Texas Killing Fields,” where the bodies of several women were found murdered decades ago.
A breakthrough in forensic DNA analysis helped detectives identify the skeletal remains of the two female victims, a “Jane Doe” whose remains were found in 1986, and a “Janet Doe” found in 1991. Both bodies were discovered in an area off Calder Road known as the “Texas Killing Fields.” Investigators are now “actively investigating the circumstances surrounding their deaths,” police said in a news release.
The League City Police Department will hold a news conference Monday to reveal the identities of Jane and Janet Doe and discuss the cases.
Investigators announced in December that advances in DNA technology had provided the potential for unearthing new leads in the cold cases and identifying a suspect. Working with Parabon NanoLabs, a DNA technology company in Virginia, investigators have sought to piece together the appearance and ancestry of the two unidentified women using a new method of analysis called DNA “phenotyping.”
The “Texas Killing Fields” is a boggy, 25-acre stretch of land along Interstate 45 where four women’s bodies were found between 1983 and 1991, including the two unidentified women. No one has been convicted in connection with the four deaths.
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SOURCE: Chron.com, Nick Powell