Skeleton found 39 years ago identified as Dallas woman after DNA match

A woman’s body found on the side of the road in California nearly four decades ago has been identified thanks to DNA technology, authorities said.

The skeletal remains discovered on the side of Interstate 5 in Sacramento in October 1981 were revealed to be those of Lily Ann Prendergast, a 26-year-old woman missing from Dallas, news station KTXL reported.

She was last seen in late 1980 when she took off from her father’s home in Dallas to go off hitchhiking, the outlet reported.

“That’s the last anybody had heard from her,” her brother, William Prendergast, told the outlet.

He said her disappearance has haunted him for nearly four decades since he stopped receiving her yearly birthday calls.

“Horrible. I couldn’t figure out why I couldn’t find her,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sacramento authorities were stumped by the homicide despite trying facial reconstruction sketches and DNA tests.

In 2019, her brother decided to submit his DNA to the FBI and discovered he was a “one hundred percent” match to the remains.

He said he was relieved to find out more about what happened to his sister, but now is seeking justice for her.

“Who and why? Why would they do such a thing?” he told the outlet.

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