DNA from two bodies exhumed from a Pittsburg County cemetery will enter a national database after it did not match a missing person case in Texas.

The two bodies — a man and a woman — were found by a guardrail under a tree near Crowder Point on April 9, 1995, and have not been identified despite a nationwide effort at the time. Pittsburg County Sheriff Chris Morris said

“It’s disappointing,” Morris said. “We were hoping to bring closure to this family, but it didn’t happen in this case.”

“John and Jane Doe” were buried at a rural Pittsburg County cemetery in November 1995 and were exhumed May 14 as part of a cold case unit formed by Morris in December 2017 that is led by George Scott, a retired McAlester Police Department Assistant Chief.

According to a November 1995 edition of the News-Capital, the burial of the two were conducted with the expectation that the remains will someday be disinterred when family members are found. 

Morris said the DNA results were first compared to a family from Daingerfield, Texas, who investigators believed could have been related to the two bodies found as there was two missing people from that area around the same time when John and Jane Doe were discovered in 1995.

The sheriff said the DNA results will now go into a national database where the results will be compared to other families that have provided DNA in hopes of finding their missing family members.

“Hopefully we can find a match soon,” Morris said.

Anyone with information that can help identify the pair can contact the Pittsburg County Sheriff's Office at 918-423-5858. 

Contact Derrick James at djames@mcalesternews.com

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