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Cheryl Coates Death News Update: Murder victim identified nearly 39 years after body found in Washtenaw County

After nearly 39 years, a body was discovered in Washtenaw County, and its identity has now been determined by the investigators.

In January 1985, the lifeless body of Cheryl Coates was discovered in a shallow grave located in the vicinity of MacArthur Blvd. and Stamford Road in Superior Township. A tragic incident unfolded as she met her untimely demise due to a fatal gunshot wound.

In a recent update, the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office announced that the body discovered has been officially identified as Coates.

In a chilling discovery, authorities have found the victim’s remains interred in a shallow grave near the Woolman Oval Apartments, a complex that has been abandoned since the 1970s. The apartments have been razed since then.

In 2014, a renewed effort was made to uncover the truth about Coates’ whereabouts, accompanied by the release of age-progressed photographs. In a collaboration that commenced in May 2021, Othram Labs has joined forces with the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office to undertake the crucial task of identifying human remains using forensic DNA analysis.

In a recent statement, it was announced that Othram Labs had successfully identified a DNA profile. The profile facilitated further investigations by means of genealogical research. In a significant development, a cousin of Jane Doe was successfully located in 2023. In a significant development, it has been officially confirmed through DNA analysis that the unidentified individual known as Jane Doe has been positively identified as Cheryl Lynne Coates.

In January of 1985, Coates was discovered at the age of 25.

In a tragic turn of events, Meta Waller, the biological mother of the individual in question, lost her life during the infamous 9/11 terrorist attacks. According to the sheriff’s office, she was reportedly at her desk in the Pentagon at the time of the impact caused by the hijacked passenger jet. In the Washtenaw County area, her surviving cousin.

Investigators are currently engaged in efforts to gather additional information regarding the tragic murder. According to detectives, it has been revealed that Coates was known to frequent both Southfield and Detroit. Authorities believe that her untimely demise occurred within the timeframe spanning from January 1984 to January 1985.