ID work under way on body that washed ashore in 1982

3/29/2009

MONROE - A forensic artist is working on a facial reconstruction to help identify the body of a female that washed ashore in 1982 on Lake Erie in Frenchtown Township, Michigan State Police said Saturday.

The body was previously believed to be that of Kim Marie Larrow, who was 15 years old when she disappeared from Wayne County's Canton Township, police said. An autopsy determined the victim had been strangled. But police told the Detroit News that a preliminary analysis of teeth and bones determined the body was that of a woman between the ages of 20 and 30.

The body had been buried in an unmarked grave in a Monroe County cemetery. It was exhumed this month at the request of Canton police after doubts arose about the identity, police said.

Cold-case investigators requested DNA tests and three-dimensional facial reconstruction, tools that were unavailable when the body was found.

The Larrow girl disappeared on June 8, 1981.