The Lincoln Police Department Teams with Othram to Identify a Woman Found Behind Abandoned House near Talladega Superspeedway

Lincoln Police investigators hope that advanced DNA testing will yield insight into the identity of an Alabama woman found in 2012
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Published October 13, 2020 by Michael Vogen
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In May 2012, a Talladega County Sheriff's Office deputy was patrolling rural Allred Road in Lincoln, Alabama. He noticed the front door of a vacant home was wide open and decided to investigate. When he searched the backyard of the property, he discovered the decomposing remains of a woman. Her body was found less than five miles from the Talladega Superspeedway, a NASCAR racetrack that holds several major race events each year. At the time she was discovered, the Superspeedway was holding a multi-day race event with thousands in attendance. It is unclear, however, if the decedent had any connection to the events that weekend.

An autopsy determined the remains were those of a white female between 45 and 65 years old. She was found wearing a royal blue shirt, dark blue sweatpants, and off-white shoes. She had sandy brown hair that was graying and wore dentures engraved with the name "Powders." The state forensics department determined that she likely had lung cancer. With little evidence to go on, further investigations into the identity of the decedent provided few leads and the case went cold.

The Lincoln Police Department has partnered with Othram to use advanced DNA testing to determine the identity of the woman, or find a relative. If you have any information that might aid the investigation, call the Lincoln Police Department at 205-763-7777 or 205-763-4064. A fund has been established to cover the costs of testing for this case (logged in NamUs as UP10508). The Lincoln Police Department has contributed to the campaign to help expedite her identification.

Michael Vogen

Michael Vogen

Director of Case Management

(832) 906-4247
8301 New Trails Dr Ste 110, The Woodlands, TX 77381

Michael works with law enforcement agencies throughout the United States and Canada on "unsolvable" cases that can benefit from advanced DNA testing methods. He helps these agencies use cutting edge DNA sequencing and new forensic techniques to develop investigative leads for their cases.

About Othram Inc.

Othram is the world’s first private DNA laboratory built specifically to apply the power of modern parallel sequencing to forensic evidence. Othram’s scientists are experts at recovery, enrichment, and analysis of human DNA from trace quantities of degraded or contaminated materials. Founded in 2018, and located in The Woodlands, Texas, our team works with academic researchers, forensic scientists, medical examiners, and law enforcement agencies to achieve results when other approaches have failed. Follow Othram on Twitter @OthramTech or visit to learn how we can help you with your case. With anyone can make a difference and help solve the next cold case.

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