Human Remains Found in 2020 Identified as Missing WA Woman
Investigative Genetic Genealogy (IGG) identified the skeletal remains found in 2020 as a missing Washington woman. On April 4th of 2020 the remains were found in a remote area East of Sweet Home, Oregon. There was no identification of the deceased. Investigators determined that the skeleton likely was that of a woman between the ages of 30 and 50.
After extensive investigation, the remains were confirmed to be Grace Lorna Narvaez-Weaver, who went missing from Washington in 2019. The Olympia Police Department tweeted regarding Weaver's disappearance in 2021.
How was the skeleton determined to be Grace Lorna Narvaez Weaver?
Based on the physical characteristics of the deceased, a forensic illustration was created by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Forensic Imaging Unit. The re-approximation of the woman’s face was used in press releases, on unidentified person websites, and as the main profile picture for the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System-Namus website.
Information was sent to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) and a bone sample was sent to Bode Technology. The DNA profile was sent to a database, however, at that time The Linn County Sheriff's Office was not able to find a missing person case that resembled the characteristics of the deceased.
The Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office used grant funding to perform DNA techniques hoping that Investigative Genetic Genealogy would provide answers. A sample of the deceased's tooth was sent to DNA Labs International.
The investigative genetic genealogy (IGG) report authored by Parabon NanoLabs and released in August 2022 immediately provided the strongest investigative lead yet. The report suggested that the decedent was a woman reported named Grace Lorna Narvaez-Weaver, missing in Washington state in 2019.
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Posted by Oregon State Police on Tuesday, March 7, 2023