New technology could help solve 1989 slaying in rural Grant County

New technology could help solve 1989 slaying in rural Grant County

He was shot twice in the back of the head in 1989, his body left in a tobacco barn. Now, authorities hope that new technology can help solve a decades-old cold case.

The Kentucky State Police are using the DNA Doe Project (DDP), an initiative that uses genetic genealogy to identify victims of cold cases.

In 1989, the remains of a “large male” were found in a tobacco barn off Kentucky State Highway 22, about 7.5 miles west of Dry Ridge near Williamstown.

The victim was shot twice in the back of his head with a .22 caliber weapon, and he was stripped of his clothing. His hands were severed from his arms.

His body was found about two weeks after he died, and many of the man’s once-distinguishing features were unrecognizable.

That victim has never been identified.

But new data from forensic scientists paint a clearer picture.

Officials say they have determined that the victim was a white male, between the age of 25 and 35. He was around 6 feet, 5 inches tall and weighed around 220 pounds. When he died, investigators believe he wore his medium brown hair in a crew cut with short sideburns.

The volunteer investigative genetic genealogists with the DNA Doe Project have determined that the man likely has roots in Eastern Europe. He may also have ancestry from the Middle East

So far, the DNA matches are at the distant cousin level.

Recently, the same technology was used to solve a 2001 cold case in Bowling Green, identifying Dawn Clare Plonsky Wilkerson, 45, of Nashville, Tennessee.

But police hope the technology will shine new light on the cold case. Anyone with information is asked to contact Kentucky State Police, Post 6 in Dry Ridge, at 859-428-1212 or call anonymously at 1-800-222-5555.

The Chicago White Sox faced off against the New York Yankees in a match-up adjacent to the field in Dyersville, Iowa, where the iconic 1989 movie “Field of Dreams” was filmed.

Fans paid record amounts to attend the Field of Dreams game. Some bought tickets on the secondary market and paid more than $1,400.

The game ended in true cinematic fashion with a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning by Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson.

However, the ending of the Field of Dreams game wasn’t the only emotional story at the game.

One woman, Terri McClavy won the ticket raffle for her chance to buy tickets for both her and her son, Matt. She said it felt like a dream come true, but not just because of the game.

Terri’s late husband, John McClavy, who was a huge Yankees fan, passed away four years ago from prostate cancer. Terri said she felt called to this game because of the memories they both shared at the Field of Dreams 25 years ago.

In 1996, they visited the original movie site. McClavy said that the spirit of John McClavy was with them at the field this week during the game.

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