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The identity of a woman found without her head and hands in a grisly murder has finally been solved.
More than 42 years ago, troopers with the New York State Police responded to a travel trunk found near a dumpster at the Hudson View apartment complex in Fishkill, New York — about 70 miles north of Manhattan. Little could be ascertained about the body of the woman inside, who became known as “Dutchess County Jane Doe,” because her head and hands were never found.
Earlier this year, Othram Inc., a Texas-based company specializing in forensic-grade genome sequencing, was asked by the FBI to take a look at the Jane Doe’s DNA. Experts created a DNA profile, which led federal and state investigators down a genealogical line of inquiry.
On May. 26, state police determined that the Duchess County Jane Doe was Anne L. Papalardo-Blake, a 44-year-old New York City woman reported missing to the NYPD on March 18, 1980.