After 40 years, Will County 'Jane Doe' has been identified
NEW LENOX, Ill. - It's been over four decades since a woman's decomposing remains were found in New Lenox.
Thanks to modern DNA technology, she's been identified as Brenda Sue Black — a missing woman from Ohio.
The Will County Coroner's Office hired Othram Incorporated to analyze the DNA evidence last year.
Sketch of Will County 'Jane Doe,' later identified as Brenda Sue Black.
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"Othram is the only lab purpose built to identify victims and perpetrators from evidence left at a crime scene," said Dr. Kristen Mittelman, Chief Business Development Officer at Othram, Inc.
In April 1981, Brenda Sue Black's skeletal remains were found off I-80 near Route 30. She was around 26-years-old at the time of her death.