Connie Lorraine Christensen : “Human Remains Found in Indiana Identified as Missing Wisconsin Woman After Four Decades”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : Human remains found in rural Indiana in 1982 have finally been identified as belonging to Connie Lorraine Christensen, a Wisconsin woman who went missing over four decades ago. The remains were discovered by hunters near the rural community of Jacksonburg in December 1982. The Wayne County Coroner’s Office confirmed that Christensen died from a gunshot wound, and her case remains unsolved.

Christensen was last seen in Nashville, Tennessee, in April 1982, when she was believed to be three to four months pregnant. She had left her 1-year-old daughter with relatives while she was away, but she never returned to Wisconsin as planned. Her relatives reported her missing, hoping for her safe return.

The identification of Christensen’s remains was made possible through a partnership between the Wayne County Coroner’s Office and the DNA Doe Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to identifying unidentified victims of cold cases. The University of Indianapolis’ forensic anthropology department stored the remains until DNA extraction could be completed by the Indiana State Police’s forensic laboratory. Forensic genetic genealogy was then used to match the DNA with two of Christensen’s relatives, leading to her positive identification.

Interestingly, as the identification efforts were underway, Christensen’s family was independently working on their family tree using ancestry and genealogy resources. Several family members had uploaded their DNA to an ancestry website, which played a crucial role in expediting the identification process.

Upon receiving the news of her mother’s identification, Christensen’s adult daughter was taken to the location where her mother’s remains were found. She placed flowers at the site and was also given a gold ring set with an opal and two diamonds that was discovered with her mother’s remains.

The DNA Doe Project expressed pride in their efforts to finally give Connie Christensen her name back after all these years. The identification of her remains brings some closure to her family, although her homicide case remains unsolved. Authorities hope that with this breakthrough, new leads may emerge, leading to justice for Connie Christensen and her loved ones.

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