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Columbus Police identify 1983 murder victim

Columbus Police identify 1983 murder victim
Posted January 9th, 2014 @ 5:31pm by WTVN Newsroom

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- A woman found murdered in 1983 has finally been identified.

The Columbus Division of Police said the latent unit identified the woman, who was found by fishermen at Hoover Dam, as 28-year-old Sharon Rae Brown. Officials did not immediately reveal how her identity was determined about 18 years after her burial. 

The woman, formerly referred to as "Jane Doe" and "Mary Rose Doe," had been reported missing on Dec. 16, 1982 from the Salt Lake City, Utah area.

An autopsy confirmed Brown had been strangled. Numerous police agencies across the country had contacted the Columbus Police Homicide Squad in an attempt to compare their female missing persons to the victim.

Brown was buried Oct. 27, 1984 using donations raised by Shoemaker Funeral Home and St. Joseph's Cemetery. High school students from four Roman Catholic Parishes raised funds for a grave marker for "Mary Rose Doe" and held a dedication service Oct. 31, 1998.

Brown's murder remains unsolved. CPD are working with detectives from the Salt Lake City Police Department in attempt to locate Brown's family members.

Investigators asked anyone with information to call the Homicide Cold Case Unit at 614-645-4036.

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