Remains of "Jane Doe" ID'd 8 Yrs Later

April 8, 2004

Authorities in Maryland say the remains of a woman found eight years ago are those of a Mifflin County woman.

They identify the woman as Tonya Gardner of Reedsville. She had been missing from her home for about two months in 1996 when her remains were found near Interstate 70 at Route 94 in Lisbon, which is in Howard County, Maryland.

The nonprofit agency known as the Doe Network helped police identify her. Maryland Director Kylen (KEYE'-lin) Johnson of Clarksburg made the initial discovery. He was reading a missing person report about Gardner on the Web and found similarities in her reported surgical scars with those found on the body.

Pennsylvania State Police checked dental records and confirmed the match this week.

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