UPDATED 3:10 p.m. Monday to include the following statement from the Saline County Sheriff’s Office:
During the morning of July 29th, 2019 the body of an unidentified female nicknamed ‘Miss Molly’ was exhumed so that samples could be obtained for DNA testing. ‘Miss Molly’ was found deceased in a creek along Interstate 70 in January 1986.
The Sheriff’s Office obtained an order of exhumation and a search warrant to collect samples for examination. This effort is being made to take advantage of the advancements in DNA identification.
The Kansas City Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigations assisted in the collection of the samples. Additional assistance in the exhumation was provided by the staff of the Gypsum Hill Cemetery, Saline County Attorney’s Office, Salina Police Department Evidence Technician, Ryan’s Mortuary and Father Keith Weber.
Through the years there have been many efforts to identify “Miss Molly” by using media, internet and law enforcement listings. One example is found on the FBI VICAP Webpage – https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/vicap/unidentified-persons/jane-doe-16
No information is expected to be released until Tuesday morning concerning the presence of F.B.I agents and the Saline County Sheriff’s Office at the Gypsum Hill Cemetery Monday morning.
Saline County UnderSheriff Brent Melander declined to comment Monday, but said more information would be available at the regular media briefing Tuesday morning. It appears that a grave had been exhumed .