KSP looking for help identifying victim through DNA Doe Project

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - The Kentucky State Police is partnering with the DNA Doe Project to help identify an unidentified victim involved from a three decades murder case in northern Kentucky.


On April 9, 1989, the body of a white male, approximately 25-35 years old, 6 feet, 5 inches tall, weighing approximately 220 pounds was located in a tobacco barn on KY HWY 22 in Grant County, about 7.5 miles west of Dry Ridge near Williamstown. The victim was shot twice in the back of his head with a .22 caliber weapon, and he was stripped of all his clothing. 


He wore his medium brown hair in a crew cut and is believed to have been dead about two weeks prior to his discovery.  The body was partially decomposed and both hands had been cut off. The investigation determined that the homicide had occurred elsewhere, at an unknown location.


In 2016, using technology provided by the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, the KSP was able to obtain a digitally enhanced photo of what they believe the victim looked like.  However his identity still remains unknown.


The DNA Doe Project is an all-volunteer organization that uses genetic genealogy to identify unidentified people by searching DNA databases for common ancestors.


The KSP says if any member of the community has any information involving this case, please contact the Dry Ridge Post at 859-428-1212.

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