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Wednesday, 01 May 2013 15:18

Human remains found in St. Clair County in 1994 identified

(ST. CLAIR COUNTY) -- The remains of woman reported missing over 24-years ago has been identified as the victim of a homicide in St. Clair County. The skeletal remains of Diann Tatum, who was 26-years old when she was reported missing by her family on October 25, 1988, was positively identified through DNA and dental records by the St. Clair County Medical Examiner's Office. Authorities say Tatum reportedly left her home in Ohio on October 22, 1988 to travel to her parent's home in Warren, Michigan, but never arrived. In August 1994, the St. Clair County Sheriff's Office discovered the unidentified skeletal remains of a female, who was the apparent victim of a homicide. The remains were moved to the Michigan State University Anthropology Unit for further examination and preservation. In March this year, genetic data from Tatum's family members and the skeletal remains were entered into the Combined DNA Index System and associated samples were noted. Last month, a dental records comparison conducted by the St. Clair County Medical Examiner's Office determined the woman's identity.