Jane Doe ‘Bones 10’ Unmasked: Gary Ridgway Victim Identified as Wendy Stephens

Genetic Genealogy used to help identify Wendy Stephens

Megan Ashley

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Wendy Stephens (Source)

On March 21st, 1984, the manager of the Little League Baseball Field in Burien, Washington, was stunned when his dog returned to him, holding a human bone in his mouth. The area, now land utilized by the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, received heavy foot traffic and was especially popular in summer. After wrestling the bone from his dog’s mouth, the manager ran to his office and contacted the King’s County Sheriff’s Office. Within a matter of hours, the field was now teeming with forensic scientists and other experts who were eager to locate the source of the remains.

Their answers lay in a swampy area of the baseball field that sat at South 146th Street and 16th Avenue South. After a long day’s work, investigators had managed to uncover most of the remains, which were in a skeletal state. At autopsy, the medical examiner determined the remains belonged to a white female between the ages of twelve and eighteen years old, most likely around 15, 5’2” to 5’8” and 110 to 130 lbs. The medical examiner was also able to determine the girl had a previously healed skull fracture and had likely been left-handed.

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