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Thanks to help from the nonprofit DNA Doe Project and forensic Anthropologist Kathy Taylor- using genetic genealogy- Jane Doe B-10, the youngest victim of the Green River Killer, Gary Ridgway, has been identified.
Jane Doe B-10 is Wendy Stephens. She was a runaway from Colorado, aged 14.
Wendy's remains were found in a little league baseball field in March of 1984. The ballfield's manager's dog had brought home a bone that looked human and he called police. Within minutes police were on scene and an officer had spotted the rest of the remains. Wendy was also found with another one of Green River Killer Gary Ridgway's victims, Cheryl Wims. Six of Ridgway's victims in total were found in this area during the same time frame with Cheryl's body being only 100 feet away.
Ridgway claimed Wendy was Caucasian, in her early 20s and possibly had brown hair but other than that he didn't give detectives much else to go on. Despite not having much to go on, examination of the remains indicated she was more than likely between the age of 12 and 18. Additional examination indicated Wendy was likely left-handed and had suffered a healed skull-fracture to her left temple.
Edit: News media in Denver reports that one of Wendy's parents took a Direct-To-Consumer DNA test in early of 2019 and then uploaded the results to GEDMatch, hoping to find out what happened to Wendy or any possible children Wendy may have had. However GEDMatch changed it's policy regarding cooperation with law enforcement and access to potential matches.
DNA was uploaded to FamilyTreeDNA. After receiving more matches, they were able to narrow down the list to Wendy. (January 25th 2021)
Edit: The AP reports that the family did indeed file a missing persons report in 1983 after Wendy Disappeared. (January 25th 2021)
The Green River Killer was a prolific serial killer that saw the peak of activity in the 1980s and 1990s. Victims of the Green River Killer were either believed to be runaways or sex workers that were picked up along Pacific Highway South and then dumped in the secluded, wooded areas around the Green River, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, and various other "dump sites" around and within South King County Washington
Not all Ridgway's victims however were dumped in Washington, at least two confirmed victims were found in Oregon with Ridgway having transported remains across state lines in order to confuse police.
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