Murdered 'Buckskin Girl' finally identified 37 years later

'Buckskin Girl' identified

A long-missing Arkansas woman has been identified as a 1981 OH homicide victim. King earned her nickname after she was found wearing a Native American-style buckskin jacket and jeans. When her body was found on that April day, she had only been dead for a few hours.

Her real name is Marcia L. King, a 21-year-old from Arkansas.

An autopsy found that the young woman was killed by strangulation and blunt force trauma.

King's killer has never been found, but authorities say the case will move forward now that the victim has been identified.

Anyone with information about King and the continuing investigation can contact the Miami County Sheriff's Office Tip Line at (937) 440-3990 or leave tips at It has been reported in the OH media that King's mother is now seeking to get her daughter's headstone updated.

Dr. Elizabeth Murray, a forensic anthropologist with Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, said the case involved "groundbreaking" work through the nonprofit DNA Doe Project to apply genetic genealogy to the identification of unknown persons.

"They were hopeful Marcia was going to come home, however they're learning at this date that that's not going to happen", Lord said. Investigators who found the slain woman publicized the unique jacket she was found with, hoping someone would recognize it and come forward, to no avail. He said King's last known whereabouts - according to family and other investigative materials - were the Louisville, Ky., and Pittsburgh, Pa., areas. In summing up the long investigation, Sheriff Dave Duchak told the Dayton Daily News that "Law enforcement never forgets".

Authorities said they didn't want to release too much information because the investigation into King's murder is still active.

Mike Ullery | AIM Media Midwest DNA Doe Project founders Colleen Fitzpatrick and Margaret Press address the media during Wednesday's press conference announcing the identification of Jane Doe, aka "Buckskin Girl" who was found murdered along Greenlee Road in April of 1981.

The "Buckskin Girl" has finally been identified.

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