Friday, July 20, 2012

DNA Tests are running slow...Body found 30 years ago in 1982 identified as missing Indiana woman, Kimberly A. Wuerthele

Photo of the missing woman Kimberly A. Wuerthele - had she lived she would have been 51 years old.

Authorities in Michigan say a body that washed ashore along Lake Erie more than 30 years ago has been identified as that of a missing Indiana woman last seen in the Chicago area.

The body of Kimberly A. Wuerthele of Portage was found March 31, 1982 in the Monroe area, about 35 miles southwest of Detroit near Toledo, Ohio. She was 21 and last seen Feb. 26, 1982.

The sheriff's department in Monroe County, Mich., said Friday the death has been classified as a homicide, though an autopsy at the time wasn't able to determine the cause. The death remains under investigation.

Authorities say the identification was made this month using DNA testing that wasn't available at the time her body was found.