DNA Sequencing, Digital Images Help Identify Woman Found Dead in Davie Channel 46 Years Ago – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports


DAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – After 46 years, Davie Police have made major strides in a Jane Doe homicide case, thanks to new technology.

It all started when a body was found floating in a Davie canal on December 23, 1975. She was not identified and remained as Jane Doe until November 2019. When Davie’s detectives reopened the case and learned that she was buried in Forest. Lawn Cemetary in Davie and they exhumed the body.

“October 15, 2020 with the help of the LSU Face Lab. We have released an updated digital composite of the unidentified woman, in hopes that someone will recognize her and come forward to assist with this investigation, ”said Chief Stephen Kinsey of the Davie Police Department.

Davie Police said on Tuesday they were able to identify the woman in the classified case as Carolyn Dunn Moudy.

Investigators say the photos show an original composite sketch, an updated composite sketch and a photo of Moudy. The sketches come from forensic analyzes of the remains, and then DNA was extracted.

Detectives discovered that there was a Jane Doe who had been buried in the cemetery and reopened the case.

Crime scene technicians and forensic analysis estimated the remains to be those of a woman aged 15 to 27.

This is where the digital images were created and the photos were released to the public last year in hopes of a significant clue.

The genealogist came and created a family tree that dated back to the 1800s. The woman followed the tree and that led them to a direct family connection with her daughter, Edna.

“We told him the news just before Thanksgiving. So if you think about it. It’s 46 years since Thanksgiving is wondering where mum is, or what happened to mum, and it was the first time she had some kind of closure, ”said Detective Eddy Velazquez, of the United States Police Department. Davie homicides.

Edna, who joined detectives on Tuesday, said she was grateful for their years of hard work on her mother’s case.

“Because all this year I was just trying to look for her, but I’m just thankful that my mom is my best friend and that she is in my heart,” she said, biting back tears. “I – you know, I’m trying to hold on, so I thank everyone and I finally got to meet all of you and everything.” I am so grateful. Thank you.”

Even though the case is 46 years old, Davie’s police still want to find the person responsible for the crime.

If you have any information that might help detectives, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous and you may be eligible for a reward of up to $ 5,000.

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