Oregon authorities use genealogy to ID 9-year-old found stuffed into duffel bag in woods – WFTV
, 2021-12-02 02:00:00,
LINCOLN COUNTY, Ore. — Almost a year to the day after a slain girl’s remains were found, stuffed into a duffel bag in the scenic Oregon woods, authorities have announced her identity, as well as those of her alleged killers.
The badly decomposed remains of Haley Mae Coblentz, 9, were found Dec. 10, 2020, in the woods beyond a rest area in the H.B. Van Duzer Forest State Scenic Corridor. According to the Oregon State Police, Haley, a native of Colorado, had been living since 2015 with her mother and the mother’s girlfriend in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.
The girl was never reported missing.
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Haley’s mother, Shawna Browning, 29, and Browning’s girlfriend, Lauren Harrison, 34, were arrested Tuesday in Detroit, authorities said. Both are being held in the Wayne County Jail awaiting extradition to face charges of aggravated murder.
Details of how and when Haley died have not been made public. When her remains were found last December, detectives estimated she had been there for at least a month.
Investigators went public over the summer with details of the case, as well as the news that they were using the latest in DNA technology — genetic genealogy — in an effort to determine the slain child’s identity. They have been working with Virginia-based Parabon Nanolabs and its chief genetic genealogist, CeCe Moore, to solve the puzzle.
Parabon extracted DNA from the girl’s remains and Moore…
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