Skeletal remains IDed as Montgomery woman

A forensic reconstruction of Ms. Robinson's skeletal remains.
A forensic reconstruction of Ms. Robinson's skeletal remains.

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Montgomery County Sheriff's office says a positive identification is now confirmed on skeletal remains discovered in December of 2007. They belong to a Montgomery woman whose father had reported her missing nearly a year earlier.

Inmates working along U.S. Highway 31 inadvertently uncovered the remains as they were clearing debris. Authorities collected the evidence and assigned two detectives to determine the person's identity.

Nearly four years later, investigators can put a name to "Jane Doe". She is Lettitia Robinson, a woman who went missing on January 31, 2007.

The The long process of identifying Robinson started with the Alabama Department of Forensics which identified the skeletal remains as belonging to a black female, 30-40 years of age who had given to birth to a least one child.

Because of the drought the state was under at the time, experts found it difficult to determine a time of death more narrow that 6 months to 18 months. Still, the evidence was placed in the  NCIC and more than 300 possible results came back from across the country.

Dr. Anne Morland of The Academies in Millbrook, a well known forensic reconstructionist, was consulted and she agreed to developed a forensic reconstruction of the skull associated with the remains.

The field of possible identities got smaller when authorities release to the public images of the reconstruction. The investigation was trimmed down to 4 possible matches.

Investigators trimmed the case to four possible missing black females who had disappeared between 1996 and 2007, but felt that the closest match was believed to be Lettitia Robinson.

Her father, John Robinson, reported his daughter missing that January and has waited years for any sign of her location.

From the investigation, authorities determined Robinson had last been seen leaving on Friday night, January 27th with an unknown black male. Their destination was reported to be the Bama Inn in Montgomery.

DNA samples were collected from Robinson's father and daughter for examination and as results were processed, the investigation ground to a halt.

Police say they got their confirmation Monday when results came back from the University of North Texas.

Now that authorities have a name to attach to the evidence, they say a murder investigation of Lettita Robinson is once again reopened. Anyone who has any information that could be helpful to authorities should contact Sergeant Terence Crawford or Investigator R. Whitmore with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department.

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