YOUNGSTOWN - Human remains found in Mahoning County 17 years ago have been identified through DNA, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Thursday.
DeWine said the remains were identified as 35-year-old Jacqueline Rowe of Youngstown through a Bureau of Criminal Investigation program that matches DNA samples taken from family members of missing individuals to unidentified remains.
Rowe's badly decomposed body was found the day after Christmas in a garage on Youngstown's North Side, according to Tribune Chronicle newspartner WYTV 33. She had disappeared earlier that year.
Human remains found 17 years ago have been identified as Jacqueline Rowe of Youngstown.
DeWine said officials with the Mahoning County Coroner's Office submitted DNA from Rowe's then-unidentified body in 2006 to the LINK (Linking Individuals Not Known) program. In August, Rowe's daughter, who was 18-years-old when her mother disappeared, submitted DNA. A match was made earlier this month, DeWine said.
The identification of Rowe's body is the 23rd identification made through the LINK program since it began in 1999. So far, family members of 128 missing people in Ohio have given a DNA sample and law enforcement and coroner's offices have provided the DNA of 33 unidentified people who were found dead.
Earlier this year, remains found in April 1992 in Mahoning County were identified as Sharon Kedzierski. She went missing in 1989 from Miami Lakes, Fla., and a match was made in January after family in Oregon submitted DNA through a similar program.