Friday, Aug. 09, 2013
SPARTANBURG, S.C. Authorities in Spartanburg County say skeletal remains found near Interstate 85 belong to a North Carolina woman missing for more than 20 years.
Coroner Rusty Clevenger said Thursday his office had identified the remains as those of 32-year-old Madelyn Cox Thomas.
The mother of two disappeared in 1990 from Gaston County, N.C. Authorities say she was likely stabbed to death and her body dumped near I-85.
Someone walking a dog found skeletal remains a month after Thomas was reported missing, but the body was missing its head, feet and one hand and was hard to identify.
The remains were stored for more than 20 years before DNA techniques advanced and they could be identified. Authorities say they have made no arrests in Thomas’ death.