Cold Case Solved after 35 Years

( – According to a Fox News October 24 report, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) identified the remains that authorities found inside a suitcase in 1988 in Jenkins County, Georgia. The agency revealed that the remains belonged to a 26-year-old woman named Chong Un Kim.

In a statement, the GBI pointed out that Kim lived in Georgia’s Hinesville after she decided to move to the United States from South Korea in 1981. Seven years later, the Jenkins County Sheriff’s Office asked the GBI for help with a death probe after the victim’s remains were found wrapped with plastic and duct tape inside a nylon suitcase. The large suitcase was left inside a dumpster near Millen, Georgia.

The GBI explained that an autopsy of the woman’s remains revealed that the victim had been dead for five or seven years. The agency also said that the autopsy showed that asphyxiation was her cause of death. Different reports pointed out that Kim’s dental records and fingerprints were compared to those of many other missing people around the United States during the GBI’s probe.

As reported by Fox News, detectives had a forensic artist who created a picture of how the South Korean woman may have looked during her last years. Both the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System opened cases on this matter. These two agencies created and distributed a computer-generated drawing of Kim.

Since authorities found Kim’s remains in the 1980s, DNA technology has been advancing. Thanks to those advancements, the evidence of her case was resubmitted to a crime lab of the GBI for more testing. These new tests discovered DNA on each of the items submitted, and the GBI eventually conducted a genealogical search that produced different leads that led to the identification of her remains.

Following the discovery, the agency contacted Kim’s family and notified she was found.

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