In December 1988, the Dade County Sheriff’s Office and the GBI responded to the scene of a body located about five miles from the Alabama Stateline on I-59 northbound lane, near Rising Fawn, in Dade County, Georgia. The body belonged to an unidentified female homicide victim.
In the mid-2000’s, the case was reassigned, and investigators found additional evidence that could possibly identify the victim. Investigators sent the evidence to the FBI lab in Washington D.C. for further testing. Analysts developed a traditional STR DNA profile for the victim and entered the profile in the missing persons DNA database.
In 2015, the case was reassigned again, and a GBI forensic artist did new clay renderings and composites of the victim for an age progression. The GBI contacted the FBI about the possibility of using advanced DNA testing to build a genealogical profile that might be able to generate new leads in the case. Evidence was sent to Othram, where a DNA extraction was performed, followed by Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing®. After successfully building a comprehensive genealogical profile, Othram scientists returned the profile to agents from the Atlanta and Baltimore FBI offices and the FBI genealogy team performed a genealogical search and did the necessary research and tree building to identify distant relatives that eventually traced back to the female homicide victim's identity.
Additional investigative work confirmed the identity of Rising Fawn Jane Doe as Stacy Lyn Chahorski. Stacy had been reported missing since September 15, 1988. It was reported that the last time Stacy spoke to her Mother by telephone she told her she was in North Carolina and was going to be traveling to Flint, Michigan and then to Muskegon, Michigan. She would have been 52 today.
Remember the Rising Fawn Jane Doe? After 33 years, we have finally identified her as Stacey Lyn Chahorski of Norton Shores, Michigan. Now to find her killer. https://t.co/kLT4OC6sBv @GBI_GA @DadeGASheriff @FBIBaltimore @FBIDetroit @OthramTech @NortonShoresPD pic.twitter.com/l3ZidPKW4P— FBI Atlanta (@FBIAtlanta) March 24, 2022