SALAMANCA, N.Y. (WIVB) - Authorities say human remains found in the Allegany Reservoir three years ago belong to a Salamanca woman reported missing in January of 2007.
45-year-old Traci Douglass of Salamanca went missing five years ago. On September 26, 2009, the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office were alerted to human remains in the Allegany Reservoir off West Perimeter Road in the Town of South Valley.
The remains and other evidence were taken to the Erie County Medical Center, and examination results in a partial DNA profile. Additional testing was done to develop a dental profile and the remains were further examined by the Forensic Anthropology Center in Erie, PA. In April of 2011, the remains were taken to NYC to the Department of Forensic Biology, which resulted in a suitable DNA profile.
Detectives continued to follow up on leads, including Douglass, who had never been found after going missing in January of 2007. They approached her family, who gave them a DNA sample to be analyzed, and it resulted in a match.
Investigators say the case remains open as the cause of death has not been determined and the circumstances are suspicious. Anyone who may know anything about this case can call Detective William Welling at 938-2276, and all calls will be handled confidentially.
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