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Stacey Lyn Chahorski: The remains of a woman who disappeared 33 years ago have been identified.  Now the authorities are looking for his killer


At the same time, Georgian detectives worked to identify remains that two Department of Transportation employees discovered near a highway in December 1988.

Both cases quickly went cold – until this month.

Authorities from the Dade County Sheriff’s Office in northwest Georgia and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) said the remains were identified using advanced DNA technology like those of Chahorski and would soon be returned to his family in Michigan.

“Today marks the day we now hunt the killer,” GBI Special Agent in Charge Joe Montgomery said at a press conference Thursday. “The biggest problem in being able to solve this case is that we had no identity of the victim, so we had no starting point. Now we have a starting point and that’s a big step forward for us.”

“I think we have a good chance of solving this case and bringing the killer to justice,” he added.

How she was identified

Over the years, GBI agents and Dade County investigators have continued to return to the case in hopes of finding an identity, according to a GBI news release.

A forensic artist drew a composite image in hopes it would help create an identity. In the mid-2000s, investigators sent additional evidence to an FBI lab for testing, which helped develop a DNA profile – but it didn’t match anyone already in any system.

Meanwhile, authorities in Michigan decided to collect a fingerprint card from Chahorski’s relatives in 2010, according to a press release from the Norton Shores Police Department.
Members of the GBI contacted the FBI again several years later about using investigative genealogy methods to help solve the case. The process typically combines DNA evidence and traditional genealogy to find biological connections between people – in other words, relatives.

For this effort, they enlisted Othram, a Texas-based lab that works with law enforcement and has been credited with helping solve a long list of other cold cases.

The lab helped reveal the identity of “Little Miss Nobody,” a young girl discovered more than 60 years ago in an Arizona desert, authorities said this month.
Last year, it also helped identify a victim found more than four decades ago in Mississippi who authorities say was killed by Samuel Little, America’s most prolific serial killer.

“Without the advancements in DNA technology, we could not have been useful and had this success. We are grateful for that and for the work that Othram has done,” FBI Special Agent Tim Burke said during the interview. Thursday’s press conference.

Shahorski would have been 52 today, the GBI said.

“A little peace”

Chahorski had been buried in Dade County since 1989 in an unmarked grave.

Stacey Lyn Chahorski: The remains of a woman who disappeared 33 years ago have been identified.  Now the authorities are looking for his killer

His body will now be returned to his family, authorities said.

A few weeks ago, the authorities notified his mother, who is the one who reported him missing.

“We were able to inform him and bring him some peace,” Burke said. “We were also able to provide jewelry found on Stacey here at the crime scene and return it to her,” he said.

“We look forward to assisting in any way with the remaining investigation, and also returning Stacey’s remains to her loved ones in Michigan so she can finally rest in peace,” he added. .


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