The physique of a murder sufferer present in a Charles County, Maryland, discipline in 1998 has now been recognized as a girl from Southeast D.C.

Side-by-side pictures of Jane Doe composite and LaQuand Denise “Niecey” Williams. (Courtesy Charles County Sheriff’s Office)

The physique of a murder sufferer present in a Charles County, Maryland, discipline in 1998 has now been recognized as a girl from Southeast D.C., in keeping with a information launch.

LaQuanda Denise “Niecey” Williams of Southeast D.C. was 31 years outdated when her decomposing physique was found in an overgrown Bel Alton discipline, close to Irving Road and Route 301, by Charles County Sheriff’s Office investigators on June 18, 1998.

“Learning the identification of Jane Doe after 25 years is a testomony to the relentless dedication of our investigators,” stated Charles County Sheriff Troy D. Berry in a press release issued Friday.

Sheriff Berry stated the identification of Williams is a “important step ahead in bringing solutions to gentle and making certain that she is not Jane Doe, however an individual with a reputation and a narrative.”

Investigators in 1998 discovered Williams was not carrying identification, and with none matching fingerprints on file, the case went chilly, as WTOP beforehand reported in 2018.

While investigators have been unable to find out Williams’ identification on the time, they have been in a position to decide her loss of life was a murder.

“Now, we now have a reputation to work with in an try and establish the individual answerable for her homicide. We received’t surrender in our pursuit for justice,” Sheriff Berry stated in a news release.

While suggestions got here in yearly on account of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office’s annual media push to establish the physique, it stated there wasn’t a breakthrough till news coverage last June by NBC Washington reporter Megan McGrath — which generated a lead.

The Sheriff’s workplace stated a tip by a relative was acquired by forensic science investigators the night time that the 2023 report was broadcast, and officers advised Williams’ household that an unidentified physique from 1998 was their beloved one on Oct. 25, 2023.

The Sheriff’s workplace asks anybody with info relating to the murder of LaQuanda Williams to contact Detective Shankster at 301-932-3037 or shanksterc@ccso.us. Anyone with details about any crime can attain Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS or submitting info on-line at www.charlescountycrimesolvers.com

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