Darlene might be name of woman in 32-year-old Clay County homici - KCTV5

Darlene might be name of woman in 32-year-old Clay County homicide case

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A tipster contacted detectives after an updated composite was released last October. (Clay County Sheriff's Office) A tipster contacted detectives after an updated composite was released last October. (Clay County Sheriff's Office)
CLAY COUNTY, MO (KCTV) -

After more than three decades, cold case detectives believe they have identified a woman who was brutally murdered in a Clay County field.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office says the victim is possibly a Kansas City, Kansas woman named Darlene who may have had two children.

Skeletal remains were discovered in a field by a dog in April 1985 in a field near Missouri Highway 210 and Boyer Road in Missouri City. Detectives say the young woman was shot in the head three times.

Since that time, the victim has only been identified as "Jane Doe."

Initially, it was believed the victim was a white female approximately 18-22 years old. However, new information released last October led detectives to determine the victim was actually a black woman who was between the ages of 17 and 23. 

A tipster contacted authorities after an updated composite was released. She told deputies that she believes the victim was the same woman with whom she worked with at a Northland envelope company. She went on to say that the two would occasionally ride back and forth from work together.

The sheriff's office said there have been several interviews conducted as a result of the tip which led detectives to release the possible identity of the victim in hopes of receiving additional leads to positively identify her.

The department's Cold Case Homicide Squad continues to seek the public's assistance in solving the case and finding the killer.

"She's someone's mother, someone's daughter," said Jesse Stoker with the Clay County Sheriff's Office. "We want to get her identified, give them some peace with what happened to her."

"We don't know if she was killed at the site where she was found," Stoker said. "Our information is that she was dead a minimum of eight months, maybe as much as two years."

"We're a voice for the victim," Stoker said. "We fight for them. I just can't say it any other way." 

If you have any information, no matter how trivial, please call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS or the Clay County Sheriff's Office at 816-407-3700. You can also email cold case detectives at coldcase@sheriffclayco.com.

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