Miami Valley woman identified in 40-year-old Illinois cold case

Investigators in Will County, Illinois, are looking into her death. Anyone with information that could help in the investigation into Brenda Black’s death should call Chief Deputy Steve Lord at 937-440-3980.

In 2015, Black’s brother, Allie Black, contacted the Miami County Sheriff’s Office after watching a newscast on the 34th anniversary of the Buckskin Girl, according to the sheriff’s office.

The unidentified female homicide victim was found on Greenlee Road wearing a buckskin jacket in April 1981.

Allie Black reportedly believed the victim could have been his sister, who had not had contact with the family since the early 1980s. Her last known residence was in Vandalia, but because Brenda Black had moved around, her family never reported her as missing, according to the sheriff’s office.

Allie Black provided a sample of his DNA to be compared against the victim. The profile was then entered in NamUs and CODIS, which led to his sister’s identification approximately five years later.

In 2017, the Buckskin Girl, was identified as Marcia King of Little Rock, Arkansas.