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DNA Evidence Helps ID Victim in 30-Year-Old Williamson County Cold Case As Sulphur Springs Youth

A young woman found deceased in 1989 in Williamson County has been identified using DNA evidence as 17-year-old Sue Ann Huskey from Sulphur Springs, authorities reported during a press conference from Williamson County Wednesday afternoon.

Huskey was reportedly found deceased Sept. 25, 1989, along the Interstate 35 frontage road in the Jarrell area of Willamson County. Travis County medical examiner ruled her death a homicide by firearm. Her description was given to media outlets in 1989 in an attempt to identify the young woman they referred to as the Corona Girl because of the T-shirt she was wearing, Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody reported during the live press conference Wednesday afternoon.

The department’s cold case staff began looking into the Corona Girl case in 2018. They partnered with the DNA Doe Project and worked with numerous agencies and groups. After several unsuccessful attempts, sufficient DNA evidence was obtained for a genetic genealogy analysis, which was run through databases to give researchers a starting point. Using research records, they tracked Huskey starting with her great-grandparents, to her parents, according to Sgt. John Pokorny with Williamson County Cold Case Unit and Kevin Lord with DNA Doe Project.

The family in Sulphur Springs was contacted. DNA was used to confirm Corona Girl to be Sue Ann Huskey, the officials reported Jan. 15. Sue Ann Huskey was the youngest of 7 siblings when she went missing in 1989. She lived in Sulphur Springs at that time.

Williamson County officials said now that Huskey has been identified, they will switch gears in the investigation to focus on trying to solve the homicide. Chody and Huskey’s family encouraged anyone with information about the Sue Ann Huskey case to contact Williamson County Sheriff’s Office.

The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office is located at 298 Rosemont St., Sulphur Springs, TX 75482. Non-emergency calls can be made to (903) 438-4040.

Author: Faith Huffman

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