Skeletal Remains Found 36 Years Ago Have Now Been Identified As Texas Teen Alisha Marie Cooks

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The remains of a Texas woman, found over 30 years ago, have now been identified by authorities. The woman’s relatives had reported her missing from Houston.

On Wednesday, the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office stated that the skeletal remains found by two hunters on Dec.16, 1985, have been identified as Alisha “Lisa” Marie Cooks. She was 16 when she disappeared from the Houston vicinity that summer.

“Alisha’s family provided DNA samples that were uploaded to NAMUS, the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. The DNA submitted by the family match the DNA profile of the unidentified remains recovered 36 years ago,” the sheriff’s office said.

Not only did officials release the statement, but they also uploaded an image on Facebook of detectives standing next to Cooks’ brother, Byron Parker.

“Providing closure to the families of victims is not always doable. I am proud to say in the case of Alisha Cooks, we have done just that,” the post read.

No cause of death has been validated in the matter, and an active investigation is still taking place.

A press conference in regards to the case will take place on October 31.



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