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Body of 'Miss Molly' Exhumed in Kansas

Police hope DNA will finally ID woman found dead in 1986
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2019 6:16 AM CDT
A sketch of "Miss Molly," found dead in Kansas' Saline County on Jan. 25, 1986.   (FBI)

(Newser) – Police in Kansas have exhumed the body of a woman killed more than 30 years ago in the hope of arriving at her real name. The partially clothed body of the woman nicknamed "Miss Molly" was found face-down in a creek along Interstate 70 in rural Saline County on Jan. 25, 1986. Believed to be aged 25 to 30, the woman with a beaten face and signs of recent childbirth had drowned in just inches of water near a bridge. Police explored more than 500 leads at the time to no avail. Still, the case stuck with former Saline County Sheriff Darrell Wilson. "It's bugged me for 33 years," he tells KAKE. "I'm hoping to learn who she is, where she's from … and how she happened to be thrown or fell off that bridge and into the stream," he adds, per ABC News.

The body was exhumed then reburied Monday at Salina's Gypsum Hill Cemetery so that authorities could obtain samples for DNA testing. Little else is known about Miss Molly, except that she was 5'5" with "blue/gray" eyes and brown hair with frosted highlights. "Has the family been looking for her?" Wilson wonders. Per KAKE, some believe the body could be that of a woman who was reported missing in Europe. Lt. Mike Smith, who's been working the case since 2000, says Miss Molly's dental records only partially match those of a missing Belgian woman, per KWCH. "I hope I'm around long enough to know, find out what happened … maybe even meet her family if they come here to visit the grave or get the body," Wilson tells KAKE. DNA results are expected in six to eight months. (Read more Kansas stories.)

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