DNA Analysis Solves 35-Year-Old Georgia Cold Case: South Korean Woman Identified

DNA Analysis Solves 35-Year-Old Georgia Cold Case: South Korean Woman Identified

A significant development was announced by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) on Monday: the identification of a body found in a suitcase in a Millen dumpster 35 years ago. The remains belonged to Chong Un Kim, a 26-year-old South Korean woman.

In February 1988, in a somber discovery, a man searching for aluminum cans stumbled upon a brown canvas suitcase in a trash bin in rural Millen. Inside, wrapped with plastic and duct tape, was the body of Kim. Preliminary investigations indicated that she had died from asphyxiation and had been deceased between four to seven days before her discovery.

Despite the immediate investigation’s extensive efforts, including the use of fingerprints, dental records, and forensic sketches, Kim’s identity remained unknown for decades. The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NAMUS) also created a computer-generated sketch in their quest to identify her, but to no avail. The case thus took on names like “Jane Millen Doe” and “Jenkins County Jane Doe.”

Kim had settled in the U.S. in 1981 and lived in Hinesville, Georgia. While her identity is now clear, the circumstances surrounding her death remain a mystery, with the sheriff’s office pledging its unwavering commitment to the case.

The GBI, in their pursuit of justice, is appealing to the public for any information related to Kim or the case, offering multiple avenues for both direct and anonymous tips.

Lou Nightingale
Author: Lou Nightingale

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