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New DNA Test Reveals Identity of 1985 Murder Victim

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HILLSBORO, Mo. (KMOX) –  Advances in DNA technology over the past two decades have allowed officials in Jefferson County to positively identify a female murder victim.

Cynthia Horan was reported missing in St. Louis in July, 1985.

When skeletal remains turned up in Jefferson County three years later, initial tests with technology available at the time led investigators to believe that the body was that of an East St. Louis woman named Julie Adams.

But according to Jefferson County Sheriff Oliver “Glenn” Boyer, “recent advances in DNA research made the positive identification of Cynthia Horan possible”.

The cause of death is listed on Cynthia Horan’s death certificate as “homicidal violence”.

Investigators have tracked down a person of interest in her murder, but that person has not been officially charged and is currently incarcerated in an out-of-state federal corrections facility.

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