In 1985, an unidentified woman was found dying next to a Georgia highway. A DNA match identified her.

Authorities say they have found a woman who went missing in Florida and died in South Georgia after 37 years without knowing who she was. The woman who suffered blunt force trauma to the head and died after being shot has been identified as Mary Anga “Angie” Cowan, who went missing in Seminole County, Florida in the mid-1980s, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. announced Tuesday.

Bystanders found the injured woman unconscious on the side of a highway near Newton, Georgia on May 14, 1985, and she died about two weeks later in a hospital.

Mary Anga Cowan GBI

The cause of death was determined subdural hematoma – in case of damage to a blood vessel in the space between the skull and the brain – as a result of a blow with a blunt object on the head.

DNA technology was used to establish a match after the woman’s body was exhumed from her grave in 2012, the GBI said in a press release.

In March 2022, the GBI partnered with the FBI to conduct a genealogical analysis of the woman’s DNA. Some of her remains were transferred to a private DNA lab. Outramwho completed the DNA extraction.

“In October 2022, a DNA profile was created for comparison and submitted to the FBI for genealogical research,” the GBI said in a statement.

“The study showed a high probability that the unidentified woman was Mary Anga Cowan, aka ‘Angie,'” the agency said.

Agents obtained DNA from one of Cowan’s children, and a comparison showed a relationship between parents and children.

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