ST. LOUIS (AP) – Twenty-six years after a woman’s body was found by hikers in a secluded area of northeast Missouri, authorities have identified the victim. Now, the focus is bringing the killer to justice.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol said Tuesday that the victim was Cynthia L. Day of the East St. Louis, Illinois, area.
Hikers found the decomposing remains on Aug. 26, 1990, beneath a bluff in Pike County, about 70 miles north of St. Louis.
Sheriff Stephen Korte says a patrol investigator taking a new look at the cold case was able to match fingerprints of the victim with those of Day, who was 38 at the time of her disappearance.
Korte says police are aware of a “person of interest,” but he declined to say more about the investigation.