Tracy Sue Walker Bio – Tracy Sue Walker Wiki
In April 1985, skeletal remains were found in the Big Wheel Gap area of Elk Valley in Campbell County. Forensic anthropologists determined that the skeletal remains were those of a white female. However, investigators could not pick her identity, and she became affectionately known as “Baby Girl.”
Tracy Sue Walker was 13 years old.
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Authorities have identified skeletal remains found nearly four decades ago in Tennessee as belonging to a missing Indiana teenager. Now, they are trying to figure out how the girl ended up hundreds of miles from home.
On April 3, 1985, authorities discovered the remains of a White female in Campbell County, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said in a news release. When officers could not identify her, they began to refer to her as “Baby Girl affectionately.”
Earlier this week, the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification (UNTCHI) positively identified the remains belonging to Tracy Sue Walker. She went missing from Lafayette, Indiana, in 1978.
“Now, TBI Special Agents hope the public can help provide information that may help determine the circumstances leading to Tracy Sue Walker’s death and how she ended up in Campbell County,” investigators said.
Authorities used forensic genetic genealogy testing, which in recent years has helped solve multiple cold cases,
to identify the remains.
In 2007, more than 20 years after the remains were discovered, authorities submitted a sample to the UNTCHI. Investigators said that a DNA profile was developed and entered into the Combined DNA Index System and the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.
The case was revisited in 2013 and again earlier this year when the remains were sent to Othram, a private laboratory for forensic genetic genealogy testing. In June, the lab found a possible relative of the child living in Indiana, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said.
Investigators contacted the family members, who confirmed they had a family member go missing in 1978. The relatives, possibly the girls’ siblings, gave DNA samples, which led the UNTCHI to make the identification this week.
Authorities ask anyone with information about Walker’s death, or anyone who may know who she was with before her death, to contact 1-800-TBI-FIND.