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Investigators looking for answers in 24-year-old cold case

Posted at 12:19 PM, May 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-15 19:41:42-04

MCALESTER, OK (KJRH) — As Pittsburg County pushes to crack old cold cases, investigators exhumed two bodies, who still haven’t been identified 24 years after they were found.

The graves are marked “John Doe” and “Jane Doe” in a rural Pittsburg County cemetery. The man and woman were found dead off the road on April 9, 1995, near Crowder Point.

Despite several tips and leads, the bodies were never identified, and were eventually buried in anonymous graves. 24 years later, Pittsburg County Sheriff Chris Morris hopes their families will finally be found.

"There’s been a family for 24 years missing their son or daughter," Sheriff Morris said, "and if it was me, I would want to know. I would want some closure.”

The bodies were exhumed Tuesday. The case is just one that Morris’s investigative unit is looking at, after he formed the unit in December 2017 hoping to solve old cases with the technology we have today.

“It could possibly go further," Morris said about possibly matching John Doe's and Jane Doe's DNA with someone in a registry. "Once we notify the family, they may have some information on why they would be in this area, who they would travel this area with, or last contacts.”

The bodies were weeks old when they were originally found, with the victims estimated to be between 18 and 23 years old. Investigators say both were killed by gunshots to the chest.

The petition for the exhumation calls for full body and dental radiographs, as well as a DNA sample.

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