Authorities have uncovered the identity of a murder victim 20 years after the woman’s body was found wrapped in plastic and a sleeping bag in a remote area of southern Utah.
The Deseret News reports the woman was identified as 37-year-old Lina Reyes-Geddes, who disappeared after leaving for a trip from Ohio to Dallas and then to Mexico.
Her body was found in April 1998 along state Route 276 about 40 miles north of Lake Powell. She died from a gunshot wound, and her fingers had been cut off.
State Bureau of Investigation Agent Brian Davis says a California resident had suggested last month that investigators compare the cold case to a missing person report from Youngstown, Ohio, leading to the positive match.
Davis says an investigation is continuing.