First match made in Minn. BCA unidentified human remains effort

By KBJR News 1

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First match made in Minn. BCA unidentified human remains effort

November 7, 2013 Updated Nov 7, 2013 at 2:57 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has identified its first set of human remains in an effort to solve multiple cold cases across the state.

DNA tests have now identified a body discovered in November 1993 in Dresser, Wisconsin, as Pearline Roberta Walton of Minneapolis who was 22 at the time of her disappearance. Walton was last seen in the Twin Cities in early summer 1993.

Since the discovery of her remains two decades ago, Polk County Sheriff’s Office investigators have been attempting to learn her identity as part of their investigation into her death.

Officials urge anyone with information about Walton’s activities in 1993 or with information about the circumstances of her death to contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office

“This case has remained open since 1993, and will remain open until we are satisfied that a final legal resolution has been obtained,” said Polk County Sheriff Pete Johnson. “We now know who she is, which is a very important step for the investigation into the circumstances surrounding her death.”

The BCA identified Walton during the course of its effort to learn the identities of dozens of sets of unidentified human remains in Minnesota. The BCA in May reached out to Minnesotans whose loved ones were missing. Walton’s family was the first to come forward to provide DNA.

The BCA urges families whose loved ones are missing to contact the them to provide a DNA sample to be compared with DNA from unidentified remains in Minnesota as well as around the country.

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