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DNA Helps Identify Remains Found In 1981

(Salem, OR) -- DNA genealogy tracing has helped identify the remains of an elderly woman who was reported missing near Sandy in 1976. Illya Wilkins suffered from memory problems and went missing from a care home. There were searches, but she was never found. In 1981, a partial human skull was found on a property outside of Sandy. It was believed to be Wilkins, but DNA genealogy tracing didn't exist at the time. Last July, the DNA tracing company Othram was hired to track her DNA and it showed a family match. Her grandchild still lives in Oregon, and the person submitted a DNA sample that confirmed the remains are Wilkins.

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