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Missing, now found: Michelle Garvey

Michelle Garvey

Michelle Garvey

Connecticut police have announced that the remains of a slain girl found in Texas over 30 years ago belong to missing teen Michelle Garvey, who vanished from New London, Connecticut on June 1, 1982. Authorities have long assumed that Garvey ran away to North Carolina or New Jersey. Given the circumstances, all prior assumptions have most-likely been discarded as the investigation continues.

Michelle Garvey's Jane Doe photo

Michelle Garvey's Jane Doe photo

Garvey’s murdered remains were found in an open field in Houston, Texas, exactly a month after she disappeared. She was found wearing a brown, long-sleeve button-down shirt and brown corduroy pants. She reportedly had red/auburn hair, a pierced ear, freckles, a scar on her right foot, and an inverted left nipple. Blood type was listed as O positive. She was listed as Harris County case number ML82-4029 and NamUs Case Number: UP # 4601. Eventually she was buried. The body remained unidentified for over 30 years.

A sketch of the unidentified victim and her clothes.

A sketch of the unidentified victim and her clothes.

It seems that in an effort to identify Jane and John Does, Harris County authorities had exhumed her remains and taken a DNA sample. They made a connection with Garvey’s profile on NameUs.gov, and contacted authorities in Connecticut on August 29, 2013 to get a DNA sample from Michelle’s the family. The family was notified of the match, and efforts are now underway to get Michelle back home to them.

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