DNA samples help investigators identify woman found dead 12 years ago

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PITTSBURGH - The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office announced Friday that they positively identified a woman who died 12 years ago at the Waterfront.

Officials said DNA samples a family submitted identify the woman, who was found on Oct. 3, 2000.

The woman, Amanda Myers, 22, of Pittsburgh, was buried with two other unidentified women in 2009 at Woodruff Memorial Park in North Strabane, but the FBI DNA Laboratory kept samples of her genetic material.

Investigators said those samples matched samples members of her family submitted to the investigation.

“It demonstrates not only our ability to identify an unknown person, but more important illustrated national attention,” Medical Examiner Dr. Karl Williams said.

Myers' family thanked investigators and authorities on Friday for their continued efforts in finding her.