Clara Birdlong stated she was leaving Mississippi with a person to go to Florida in 1977, a pal advised investigators with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Division final August. Her household by no means heard from her once more, in accordance with a report.
Regardless of a composite sketch of what she might need regarded like, she remained a “Jane Doe” for many years, FOX 10 in Cell, Alabama reported.
Birdlong was recognized this month, practically 44 years after her murder, probably by the hands of Samuel Little, a prolific serial killer who confessed two years in the past to killing 93 girls, together with one in 1977 who investigators imagine was Birdlong. He was convicted to life in jail in 2014 for 3 different murders and died final 12 months.
“Fortunately we had been capable of finding a woman up there (Leflore County) who remembered Clara from her youthful days and was capable of present us some info that she remembered from when Clara left city, went lacking they usually by no means heard from her once more,” investigator Matt Hoggatt advised WLOX-TV in Biloxi. “In case you examine the time-frame of when that occurred it traces up actually near the travels of Sam Little and the place we all know he was committing murders within the mid to late ‘70s.”
Investigators recognized Birdlong utilizing DNA proof and a genealogical tree created by a Texas DNA analysis facility. Her 93-year-old grandmother and cousin dwelling in Texas additionally confirmed she went lacking within the Seventies.
“The explanation this case wasn’t solved 44 years in the past isn’t as a result of investigators didn’t attempt laborious, they only didn’t have 44 years of expertise they didn’t even know existed,” Hoggatt advised WLOX. “Over time there have been devoted individuals engaged on this case.”
Her physique was discovered three or 4 months after her homicide at a building website in Pascagoula, Mississippi, in 1977. Little was arrested for theft in the identical metropolis simply months earlier than her homicide. Her reason for loss of life stays undetermined, in accordance with FOX 10.