Memphis woman found dead in Texas in 1986 identified

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Police in League City, Texas say they have identified a body found there in 1986 as a Memphis woman.

According to CBS affiliate KHOU, dozens of young women and girls have disappeared from a stretch along the Gulf Freeway since the early 1970s. Four of the victims have been found just off of I-45 on Calder Road, earning the area the nickname “The Killing Fields.”

On February 2, 1986, a set of human remains were discovered in this area and an investigation was launched. Despite a thorough investigation, authorities were unable to identify the deceased woman and she was named Jane Doe. Attempts to identify her since have been unsuccessful.

Using genetic technology, authorities were able to identify Jane Doe as Audrey Lee Cook of Memphis.

According to police, Cook was born in 1955 in Memphis and moved to Texas in 1976. She lived in both Houston and Channelview from her arrival until her disappearance in December 1985. She was estimated to be about 30 years of age at the time of her death.

Authorities asked for anyone with information to call police.

The search for her killer is ongoing.

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