Sheriff: DNA may show if exhumed body is Belgium woman

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SALINA, Kan. (AP) -

Saline County authorities say a body exhumed this week could be that of a woman missing from Belgium.

Saline County Sheriff Roger Soldan said Tuesday DNA will determine the identity of a body exhumed from Gypsum Hill Cemetery.

The woman, referred to as "Miss Molly," was buried 33 years ago after her body was found in January 1986 in a creek near Salina.

Soldan told The Topeka Capital-Journal the death was investigated as a homicide because the woman was beaten and thrown off a bridge into the creek.

He says Interpol in Europe has DNA from the missing Belgium woman but Kansas authorities didn't have DNA to try for a match until the exhumation.

Soldan says DNA tests could take six to eight months.

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