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The bodies of two young women who were found dead in a Texas oil field that was dubbed the infamous Killing Fields have finally been identified after 30 years following a breakthrough in forensic DNA analysis.
Police on Monday identified the two women as Audrey Lee Cook, from Memphis, Tennessee, and Donna Prudhomme, from Port Arthur, Texas.
Cook - Prudhomme
Cook was found in 1986 and Prudhomme was discovered in 1991.
The identification of their bodies comes decades after their grisly remains were discovered in the oil field along Calder Road in League City just outside Houston.
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Their bodies were uncovered in the same location where two other previously identified women were murdered and dumped. Thirty bodies have been found in the Killing Fields since the 1970s.
Advances in forensic technology allowed detectives to finally identity the skeletal remains of the latest two victims who, up until this week, had only been known as Jane Doe and Janet Doe.
Cook - Prudhomme - Part - DNA - Phenotyping
Cook and Prudhomme were identified in part due to DNA phenotyping, which can predict physical appearance and provide renderings of the victims.
Authorities also used genetic genealogy, which is what detectives used to help catch the infamous Golden State serial killer.
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It is the use of new DNA technology testing combined with traditional genealogical methods to establish the relationship between an individual and their...
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