March 11, 2022
Ina Jane Doe (1993) Identified Using Forensic Genetic Genealogy
Susan Lund, missing since December 1992, identified by Redgrave Research Forensic Services and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office
MARCH 11 2022 – The Jefferson County Illinois Sheriff’s Office and Redgrave Research Forensic Services have confirmed the identity of “Ina Jane Doe,” an unidentified woman whose remains were discovered 29 years ago.
Susan Lund, born 29 Nov 1967, was last seen by her family on Christmas Eve of 1992 when she reportedly left her family home in Clarksville, Tennessee to walk to a local grocery store. Her husband reported her missing soon after. A multi-agency search was conducted over several months. The official missing persons case was closed, but Sue’s family did not stop looking for her.
On January 27, 1993, near the town of Ina, Illinois, the head of a white female was discovered on the side of a wooded roadway within Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park. The original anthropological analysis estimated that the victim was between 30 and 50 years of age, and may have had torticollis or “wry neck syndrome,” a condition that may have caused her head to have a sideways tilt during life. The original forensic images of the deceased woman illustrated this condition to an extreme degree.
In February 2021, Dr. Amy Michael (Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of New Hampshire) approached Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office to offer a reexamination of the case using updated forensic methods. Writer and researcher Laurah Norton collaborated with Dr. Michael on the reanalysis and archival research. It was determined that the woman likely did not appear significantly asymmetrical during life. Following Dr. Michael’s reanalysis, a new forensic image was created by artist Carl Koppelman. “As forensic methods are updated and refined, it is critical to reevaluate cold cases and utilize new approaches, like forensic genetic genealogy, alongside anthropology to achieve identification,” says Dr. Michael.
Simultaneous to this new analysis, samples from Ina Jane Doe’s remains were sent to Astrea Forensics, a laboratory in Santa Cruz, California, for the purpose of creating a DNA profile suitable for utilizing forensic genetic genealogy. A DNA profile was provided to Redgrave Research Forensic Services, a genealogy company in Massachusetts, who then uploaded the data file to GEDmatch on February 3, 2022. Anthony Redgrave, co-founder of Redgrave Research, says “my team was honored to be brought in as part of the collaboration to identify this woman, and had Susan’s family in mind long before we discovered her name.”
Redgrave’s genealogy team arrived at a potential match within a day of beginning to research the DNA matches. The potential ID was passed to law enforcement who then followed up with family members of Susan Lund. A confirmatory DNA sample was provided by a sibling for direct comparison to Ina Jane Doe. On March 6, 2022 it was confirmed via one-to-one comparison that the identity of Ina Jane Doe is Susan Lund.
The collaborating investigators, scientists, and genealogists extend their deepest sympathies to Sue’s family and friends. Any information about the the actions and/or whereabouts of Susan Lund on or following December 24, 1992 should be directed to Detective Captain Bobby Wallace at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at (618) 244-8004 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Research and Team Co-Lead: Laurah Norton
Lead Forensic Genetic Genealogists: Anthony Redgrave, Lee Bingham Redgrave
Genealogy Team: Kaycee Connelly, Samantha Dunne, Chelsea Hanrahan, Andrea McCarthy, Elizabeth Marshall, Pam Stigsen, Jessica Veltstra
Genealogical Database and tools: GEDmatch, DNAPainter
Forensic Art: Carl Koppelman
DNA processing: Kelly Harkins Kincaid and Astrea Forensics
Anthropology: Dr. Amy Michael, University of New Hampshire; Kyana Burgess, Audrey Waterman, and Ashanti Maronie, University of New Hampshire; Dr. Samantha Blatt, Idaho State University; Dr. Steffen Poltak; Dr. Andrew Albee, Suncook Dental; Hubbard Center for Genomic Studies, University of New Hampshire
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Case Announcement: January 18, 2022
On January 27,1993, near the town of Ina, Illinois, the decapitated head of a presumed white female was discovered on the side of a wooded roadway within Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park. The victim, estimated to have been 30-50 years old at the time of her death, had likely died 2-3 days prior to discovery. She had long, reddish hair and a pin-shaped mole in her left ear. She’d had extensive dental work, including a silver point filling, and she had possibly worn braces at one point. The victim had skeletal asymmetry that, in life, may have been visible in her facial features. Additionally, she may have experienced issues with her neck.
Illinois’ Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has investigated the victim’s homicide and worked to identify her for more than two decades. Recently, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has pursued new avenues of identification of the victim known as “Ina Jane Doe,” including anthropological re-analysis from University of New Hampshire assistant professor Dr. Amy Michael, DNA extraction and sequencing by Astrea Labs, and forensic genetic genealogy by Redgrave Research Forensic Services. New forensic art has been prepared by Carl Koppelman to reflect updated findings.
Anyone with information about this female’s identification and/or this investigation please contact Detective Captain Bobby Wallace at the Sheriff’s Office (618)244-8004 or Crimestoppers at (618)242-TIPS (8477).
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