Saline County authorities hope advances in science will help them finally identify a woman who was found murdered back in 1986.
According to the Saline County Sheriffs’ Office, the body of an unidentified female nicknamed “Miss Molly” was exhumed from the Gypsum Hill Cemetery so that samples could be obtained for DNA testing. “Miss Molly” was found deceased in a creek along Interstate 70 in January of 1986.
The Sheriff’s Office obtained an order of exhumation and a search warrant to collect samples for examination. This effort is being made to take advantage of the advancements in DNA identification.
The Kansas City Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigations assisted in the collection of the samples. Additional assistance in the exhumation was provided by the staff of the Gypsum Hill Cemetery, Saline County Attorney’s Office, Salina Police Department Evidence Technician, Ryan’s Mortuary and Father Keith Weber.
Through the years there have been many efforts to identify “Miss Molly” by using media, internet and law enforcement listings.
One example is found on the FBI VICAP Webpage – https://www.fbi.gov/…/vicap/unidentified-persons/jane-doe-16
ORIGINAL: Authorities were digging in a Salina cemetery Monday morning.
A group including among others officials from the Saline County Sheriff’s Office gathered at Gypsum Hill Cemetery as a tractor dug in the area of a grave which dates back to 1986. A marker on the grave is simply labeled “Jane Doe”.
Buried in the “Jane Doe” grave is a woman whose body was discovered in Mulberry Creek near a bridge off Interstate 70 west of Salina back in January of 1986. Law enforcement investigated the case as a homicide. They never were able to identify the body and never made an arrest. Investigators refer to her as “Miss Molly”.
Saline County Sheriff Roger Soldan tells KSAL News more information will be released Tuesday morning.