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Rockford teenager was identified as a 2008 Wisconsin Jane Doe victim of sex trafficking

FOND DU LAC, Wisconsin (WFRV) – Thirteen years after the decayed body of a Jane Doe was found in the Fond du Lac district, authorities have now identified the then teenager as a woman from Illinois.

In 2008, according to the Fond du Lac sheriff’s office, three hunters reported the remains of a decomposed female body in the Fond du Lac district. In the years that followed, detectives attempted to identify the Jane Doe.

Authorities reportedly combed hundreds of missing person reports. In 2016, detectives presented this case to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). It was recommended that Jane Doe’s body be exhumed.

Her body was exhumed on April 26, 2018. DNA samples were then sent across the country. The results were compared to other DNA profiles to identify them or possible relatives.

Jane Doe was identified as Amy Yeary of Rockford, Illinois. She would have been 18 years old at the time of her death. Yeary was identified as positive after three separate DNA comparisons. The comparisons were made with her mother, sister and dental x-rays.

Amy’s mother told the detectives that she called and asked for a lift when she was in Beloit. Amy was never heard from again.

The Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office says Amy was a victim of human trafficking. She reportedly spent time in Milwaukee, Chicago, and Beloit.

The investigation continues, and authorities are asking anyone with information to call the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office at 920-929-3390.

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