Southern California homicide victim ID'd after 31 years

Published 01-18-2019

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SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California homicide victim who was a Jane Doe for more than 31 years ago has finally been identified.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department says remains found on Aug. 30, 1987, were confirmed this month to be those of 20-year-old Tracey Coreen Hobson, who was living in Anaheim at the time she disappeared

The department credits the identification to breakthroughs in investigative genealogy techniques and a partnership with the nonprofit DNA Doe Project, a volunteer-run, forensic genealogy organization.

A passer-by discovered the remains in an unincorporated area near Anaheim. The only items recovered nearby were a red handkerchief and a length of cord.

The victim was determined to have been stabbed in the torso and her hands had been cut off.

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