Buckskin Girl

Buckskin Girl

CASE SOLVED – Marcia Lenore King

April 10, 2018 — Troy, OH
Today we announce that Marcia L King of Arkansas has been identified as the Miami County Jane Doe who became known as the Buckskin Girl. She was twenty-one years of age at the time of her death. The DNA confirmation was made on Monday, April 9, 2018 by the Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab. The Miami County Coroner, Dr William Ginn, will issue the death certificate.

The scientific assistance that finally led to the victim’s identification was conducted by the DNA Doe Project, a nonprofit organization recently created to apply genetic genealogy tools to the identification of unknown persons. The victim’s DNA was obtained from a blood sample that had been in storage since 1981; it was processed using advanced DNA techniques, and uploaded to a public genealogy database. The DNA Doe Project was founded in 2017 by Colleen Fitzpatrick and Margaret Press. The Miami County Jane Doe case was accepted as one of the first cases for the project. The DNA Doe Project relies on genetic genealogy tools similar to those used by genealogists for analyzing DNA results normally provided by direct-to-consumer testing companies.

Information retrieved from here.

So much is known about Buckskin Girl, but at the same time so little.  She was discovered April 28, 1981 in Troy, Miami Co., OH.  She had been strangled.  Because her body was found with a day or so of her death, DNA, fingerprints, and dental information were available, but after 226 rule out (as of Feb 2018), she has remained unidentified.

Buckskin Girl is so-named because when she was found, she was wearing a homemade deerskin poncho,  over  jeans and a turtleneck sweather.  She was barefoot.  Buckskin was between 18-27 years old, 5’4″- 5’6″ tall, and weighed 125-130 lbs.

In 2016, Buckskin was entered into the database of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).  An artist’s rendition of her face was created.  Pollen tests on the deerskin poncho indicated she had spent time in northern Mexico or the southwest United States.  This was consistent with isotope tests on her hair; 18O concentrations indicated she had spent time in northern Texas for two months at least twice during the year prior to her death.

Buckskin Girl
Photo Credit: NCMEC