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DNA provides identification of victim in 1995 slaying

October 4, 2012 |  7:36 pm

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department detectives on Thursday announced that they have used DNA evidence to match a previously unknown 20-year-old woman whose body was found in 1995 to a missing person from Morro Bay.

Officials are now seeking information about the 17-year-old unsolved murder.

The body of Gail Catherine Allen, known for years as Jane Doe No. 59, was found Oct. 28, 1995, in the 21000 block of Covina Hills Road in an unincorporated area of Covina, according to a statement from the Sheriff’s Department.

Her burned body was found nude in a sleeping bag that had been set ablaze and thrown from an embankment. She was burned beyond recognition, officials said.

Days before the body was found, a friend of Allen's reported her missing, according to the statement.

Early this year, Morro Bay detectives received DNA samples from Allen’s father, Marcus Allen of Victorville, and her mother, Deborah Forester of Colorado. After the samples were linked to Jane Doe No. 59, the case was reopened as a murder case.

Allen was believed to have worked at a Taco Bell restaurant at 1700 Main Street in Morro Bay. Detectives are looking to speak with people who worked with her, officials said.

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-- Hailey Branson-Potts

twitter.com/haileybranson

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