How A Composite Sketch Helped Identify A Murder Victim 39 Years After She Died

How A Composite Sketch Helped Identify A Murder Victim 39 Years After She Died

Detectives Nathan Kinate and Darin Lee were part of a team that was working on solving the disappearance of Gwendolyn Robinson, according to the Kansas City Missouri Police Department. Robinson went missing back in 1983, the Kansas City Star reports. The case, however, quickly went cold. This summer, Robinson’s daughter, Deoina Mitchell, filed a new missing person’s report for Robinson, leading investigators to reopen the case. Kinate began interviewing her friends and family but was unable to come up with any leads for Robinson’s disappearance. He then asked Lee to join the team and help him in his search for Robinson.

The Kansas City Missouri Police Department states that Mitchell provided the investigators with a studio portrait of her mother. Lee, per KCTV, actually recognized the photo. “I’m a face person,” He said, “and I specifically remembered it.” In 2017, Lee viewed the composite sketch of the Jane Doe whose remains were in the possession of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office. Because the Jane Doe was discovered in 1985, Kinate and Lee agreed that there could be a chance that the bones belonged to Robinson. In order to prove this theory, they tested Mitchell’s DNA and the bones. It was a match; the Jane Doe was indeed Gwendolyn Robinson.

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