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Remains identified as missing woman; Search for killer continues

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(left) Mary Asenath Woodin, circa 2000. (right) Forensic anthropologists created a reconstructed photo of the murdered woman's face. (Photo source: Hancock County Sheriff's Dept.) (left) Mary Asenath Woodin, circa 2000. (right) Forensic anthropologists created a reconstructed photo of the murdered woman's face. (Photo source: Hancock County Sheriff's Dept.)
HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

After nearly 11 years, a Jane Doe murder victim found in Hancock County has been identified. But the search continues for her killer.

On May 10, 2003, burned skeletal remains were found off of Highway 607. The remains were sent to LSU's Faces Laboratory where forensic anthropologists created a reconstructed photo of the woman's face.

The information was entered into the Dow Network, which is an online database of missing and unidentified persons. But even with that picture, the case went cold.

Then in 2011, a reporter in Tampa got a call that changed everything. Arthur Jones said his sister, Mary Asenath Woodin, had been missing for 11 years. After seeing the composite submitted by the Hancock County Sheriff's Office, he was sure the woman found in Mississippi was his sister.

Other family members were located and DNA testing would eventually confirm that the remains were indeed Mary Woodin.

But now the question remains: Who killed her?

Investigators are hoping you can help them solve this cold case. If you have any information that could help investigators working on this cold case, you're asked to call the Hancock County Sheriff's Office at (228) 466-6910 or Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898.

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