Remains found in 1992 identified as Tulsa woman

Posted at 9:33 AM, Mar 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-16 05:08:20-04

TULSA, Okla. -- The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office has identified a set of remains found on North Harvard Avenue back in 1992.

Analysts say a human skull and additional bones belonged to a missing Tulsa woman named Greta Riles. They believe the remains had been there for at least a year before they were discovered.

Due to Riles' lifestyle, her family didn't report her missing to TPD until 7-24-12.

DNA analysis was done by the University of North Texas through the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office Cold Case Task Force. The remains were processed thanks to a grant from the National Institute of Justice.

But now that grant hasn't been renewed and forensic experts say they're worried about bringing their progress to a screeching halt.


“To me, that's tragic. For me, it's a little bit selfish because I can't identify these people, but the worst part is the families that have been left waiting," said forensic anthropologist Angela Berg. "They've asked me, 'does this mean I will never find my loved one?'”

Experts now hope legislators or donors can help them in their cause to identify the rest of Oklahoma's John and Jane Does.


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