On March 10, 2007 human remains were found by a man collecting cans along a farm lane off Victory Road just south of Linn-Hipsher Road in Grand Prairie Township, Marion, Ohio. A forensic anthropologist determined the remains were of a woman between 15 and 24 years old who stood approximately 5’6 with brown hair.
In September, 2016 Shawn Grate, a suspected Ohio serial killer, confessed to abducting and stabbing the young white female and tossing her body along the road. He said the young woman had been conducting door-to-door sales and, when she allegedly cheated Grate’s mother, he got mad and killed her. Grate said her name could have been Diane, Diana, or Dana. Scientists determined she could have grown up in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida or Georgia.
Date Found March 10, 2007
Race White / Caucasian
PMI 1-5 years
Location Grand Prairie Township, OH
Agency of Jurisdiction
Marion County Sheriff’s Office
Christy Utley, Lieutenant
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June 4, 2019. With deep gratitude, the DNA Doe Project (DDP) announces the identification of “Vicky Dana Jane Doe” as Dana Nicole Lowrey from Minden, Louisiana Louisiana.
Since February 2019, the DNA Doe Project has worked closely with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) and Major Christy Utley on this case. The lab received Dana’s sample in March and our DDP team received her files on 13 May 2019. Earlier today the MCSO hosted a press conference detailing the investigation, the partnership with DDP, and subsequent confirmation of Dana’s identity.
We thank the MCSO for their consummate professionalism and for entrusting us with this special case. We extend our appreciation to DNA Solutions, Inc. for their lab and bioinformatics expertise.
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Last Updated: August 8, 2020