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Authorities to exhume body, collect DNA in cold case slaying

Ottawa County Sheriff's Office seal
Ottawa County Sheriff's Office

Authorities in western Michigan plan to exhume the remains of a woman slain more than 50 years ago to collect DNA in an effort to identify her and solve the case. The Ottawa County sheriff's office says the remains will be removed Wednesday from a cemetery in Blendon Township and taken to a lab at Michigan State University. Hunters found the woman's partially nude body in October 1967 near an intersection in Blendon Township, west of Grand Rapids. The body had been at the location three to seven days. An autopsy determined the victim suffered head injuries and had been strangled. Her death was ruled a homicide.