“Baby Jane Doe” Identified After 30 Years; Mother and Boyfriend Face Murder Charges

“Baby Jane Doe” Identified After 30 Years; Mother and Boyfriend Face Murder Charges

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has cracked a cold case from over 30 years ago, finally identifying a young girl found dead in 1988 and charging two individuals in her murder. Special Agent Jason Seacrist announced the breakthrough in the case of Kenyatta “KeKe” Odom, whose remains were discovered inside a discarded television cabinet filled with concrete.

The child, referred to for years as “Baby Jane Doe,” was found at an illegal dump site in Millwood on December 21, 1988. A tip received in January 2023 sparked the identification of Kenyatta and led to the arrests of her mother, Evelyn Odom, 56, and her mother’s former boyfriend, Ulyster Sanders, 61. The pair face charges of felony murder, child cruelty, family violence, conspiracy, and concealment in connection to her death.

Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards stated that they can now pursue justice for Kenyatta. Ware County Sheriff Paul James, who was among the original detectives on the scene, highlighted the persistence in following leads that made these arrests possible. He lauded the collaborative efforts of multiple agencies in solving the case.

Advanced DNA analysis and genealogical research were key in determining Kenyatta’s identity and linking her to the suspects, with familial DNA comparisons revealing her mother’s involvement in her death. The resolution of this long-standing mystery underscores the enduring commitment to seeking justice for victims, no matter how much time has passed.

Lou Nightingale
Author: Lou Nightingale

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