Three decades after their remains were found, police have finally identified two female bodies left in what is now known as the “Texas Killing Fields.” Investigators were unable to identify the remains of the two Jane Does, found in 1986 and 1991, until a breakthrough in forensic DNA analysis led to their identification. The women’s bodies were disposed of in boggy oil fields where two other women were also found brutally murdered some 30 years ago. No one has ever been convicted in connection with the four deaths, but identifying the two female victims could lead to a suspect in the killings. Police relied on strikingly detailed composite sketches developed from DNA drawn from the two victims’ bones. Through DNA phenotyping, experts were able to compose the physical appearances of the women, their likely ancestry, and injuries suffered prior to their deaths. Police will reveal their identities during a Monday news conference.
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