Some 30 years after the serial killer Robert Hansen caused widespread fear in Alaska, the remains of one of his unidentified victims were exhumed this week. The woman was in her late teens when she was killed and authorities are hoping to find her identity. Hansen had led authorities to her body near a lake north of the city of Anchorage.
ABC reports that Hansen confessed to killing 17 women in the 1970s and early 1970s, and the way he hunted down his victims like they were game was particularly disturbing. Hansen died this past August, serving his 461-year sentence. He was 75.
“We know what happened to her,” said Stephen Hoage, operations administrator for the state medical examiner’s office, among those participating in the exhumation. “We’re not trying to solve the crime. We just want her to be identified.”
The woman became known as “Horseshoe Harriet” to some, according to Jason Grenn with the state health department. The agency oversees the medical examiner’s office.
The work is being paid for by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which hopes DNA testing and facial reconstruction will lead to her identity. A former forensic anthropologist for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is working for the center on the case.
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