KSP identify 1969 “Jane Doe”

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Sonja Kaye Blair-Adams
Sonja Kaye Blair-Adams (Photo Courtesy: Kentucky State Police)

HARLAN, Ky. (WTVQ) – Forty-seven years after a man picking flowers on the side of Little Shepherd Trail in Harlan County discovered a woman’s body, Kentucky State Police have identified her.

Using DNA and data from the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NAMUS,) detectives now say the woman was Sonja Kaye Blair-Adams.

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Detectives say they entered Blair-Adams as a “Jane Doe” into NAMUS back in 2009, and were later contacted by Karen Stipes, Blair-Adams’ daughter, who believed her mother might be the woman who was found.  Blair-Adams was exhumed in 2015, so detectives could try to get a DNA match with Stipes.

The remains were sent to University of North Texas, where the DNA match was confirmed in September.

Investigators say Blair-Adams was originally from Letcher County, and was 21 at the time she was discovered.

Detectives say they will continue investigating, and hope to be able to identify her killer.

Anyone with information is asked to contact KSP at (606) 573-3131.