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    mystery Unidentified Female, 1979, Tennessee

    Unidentified White Female

    • The victim was discovered on March 12, 1979 in Campbell County, Tennessee

    Vital Statistics

    • Distinguishing Characteristics: She was a "snuff" user.
    • DNA: Available
    Case History
    The victim was located in Campbell County, Tennessee on March 12, 1979.
    At the time of it's discovery, authorities believed the victim was Leoma Patterson. The body was buried in September 1985 in Phillips Cemetery in Anderson County, Tennessee. In the summer of 2005, the remains were exhumed and DNA testing confirmed that the body was not Leoma Patterson. In November 2006, the courts agreed to a second exhumation to get more detailed information on the victim in the grave. Results are pending.
    Last edited by Starless; 09-07-2008 at 06:41 PM.

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    Ok, thanks to Dr. Bill Bass's 2nd book, "Beyond the Body Farm", this case can be marked solved.

    It turns out the 1st DNA exam was inconclusive. It didn't exclude Leoma as the person who was buried.

    A 2nd DNA attempt, by a different lab, also failed. There simply wasn't enough DNA left in the available samples to get a complete profile.

    However, news of the attempt reached David Ray, the original TBI investigator when the body was found. He looked at his case files and found the hair and scalp tissue recovered when the body was found.

    DNA was able to be extracted from them and it was matched to Leoma Patterson's granddaughter. The skeleton was indeed, Leoma Patterson.

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    Oh !!! Very Cool !!! Thanks Bargle !!!

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    You're quite welcome.

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    The story of Leoma Patterson has been made into a book. "Identity Crisis: The Murder, the Mystery, and the Missing DNA" by Jefferson Bass. I haven't read it yet, but I'm on the list for it at the local library.

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    It is definitely a good story for a book for sure.

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