Bones Identified After 23 Years

Skeletal remains found in South Carolina in 1990 were finally assigned an identity after spending more than two decades in the evidence room at the Spartanburg County Coroner's Office.

The State reported that the remains--which were missing the head, one hand, and both feet--were tested in 2009 and generated a DNA profile, but it was too incomplete to include in the NamUs database <> for missing persons and unidentified remains. In April 2013, another DNA profile was obtained--this one more complete. They entered that one into the NamUs database.

Jenny Arnold with The State writes:

NamUs found a match, between Mary Wieson, the woman swabbed for DNA in Texas in 2007, and the unidentified remains found in Spartanburg County 23 years ago. After many prayers and intensive investigation, Clevenger said, his office made its positive identification.

“Without NamUs, our chances of identifying her would have been greatly diminished,” Clevenger said.

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