Skeletal Remains Identified as Missing Woman
Updated: Wednesday, May 1 2013, 08:04 PM EDT
WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE (Kellie Hanna) -- A person reported missing by family members to the Fayette County Sheriff's Office in 1988 has recently been identified as the victim of a homicide in St. Clair County, Michigan.
According to Sheriff Vernon Stanforth, the skeletal remains of Diann Tatum residing at 10700 US 35 NW in Fayette County at the time of her disappearance, have been positively identified through DNA and dental records by the St. Clair County Medical Examiner's Office. Tatum, who was reported missing by family members on October 25, 1988, reportedly left her residence to travel to her parent's residence in Warren, Michigan on October 21, 1988, but never arrived.
In August of 1994, the St. Clair County Sheriff's Office discovered the unidentified skeletal remains of a female; the victim of an apparent homicide. As the sheriff's office continued their investigation, the skeletal remains were moved to the Michigan State University Anthropology Unit for further examination and preservation.
In March of 2013, genetic data from Tatam's family members and the skeletal remains were entered into CODIS (Combined DNA Index System) and that's when the connection was found. In April of 2013, a dental record comparison was done. It was determined that the skeletal remains discovered were those of Diann Tatum.