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Remains found in 1999 identified as those of missing Mich. woman

STEUBEN COUNTY, Ind. (WPTA21) – Nearly two decades after the discovery, the body of a woman found in Steuben County has been identified.

Officials on Sunday said advancements in technology allowed investigators to identify the remains as those of Tina L. Cabanaw, a Detroit-area resident.

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, Steuben County Coroner’s Office, Indiana State Police, FBI and Parabon NanoLabs worked together to make the identification.

Parabon is the same company that helped investigators solve the rape and murder of April Tinsley — with an arrest and confession coming 30 years after the death of the 8-year-old girl.

The body had been in the field for for 6-to-8 weeks before it was discovered. While the cause of death was undetermined, foul play has long been suspected.

The developments announced on Sunday mark the biggest step forward since the opening of the case. The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office investigated hundreds of potential leads in an attempt to identify the body without success.

Investigators in Steuben County recently contacted relatives of Cabanaw, who had been reported missing in July 1999.

They continue to search for the person responsible for her death. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at (260) 668-4646 or Crime Stoppers at (260) 668-STOP.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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