Detectives identify body of 14-year-old girl found near Moxee
Moxee, WA - It's a mystery that's taken over six months to solve.
Tonight the Yakima Sheriff's Office has finally figured out the identity of the body found badly burned in an orchard near Moxee last September.
The Yakima Sheriff's Office says it was a 14-year-old runaway named Jaleeza Ann Lobdell.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children had her picture on their website, along with a picture for a Jane Doe who was the same age.
That Jane Doe was a picture the Yakima Sheriff's Office had a forensic artist create to try and muster up some leads in this case.
There was no word from YSO detectives about whether the recreated picture helped solve the mystery of the girl's identity.
Lobdell's body was found on September 18th, 2007, and now, finally, detectives believe they know what happened to her.
They say according to the Tacoma Police Department she ran away from her home in Tacoma the day before her body was found.
Further inquiries have revealed the girl most likely died from a drug overdose in Pierce County and her body was transported to Yakima County for disposal, and toxicology and autopsy results tend to confirm that scenario.
Calls to the Yakima Sheriff's Office to see if anyone will be facing charges in this case have not yet been returned.