DNA testing has identified the remains of Sandra Major, who had been missing since Christmas Eve 1982. Her remains were found three years later in Mountview Cemetery in Auburn, Washington.
Officials in King County, Washington say in late April of this year Major's cousin, who lives in Rochester, contacted the sheriff's office after watching a made for T.V. movie about the Green River murders.
Rochester Police got involved and obtained DNA samples from family members. The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children also got involved.
Detectives say that family members coming forward and advances in technology were instrumental in Major's identification. She was 20 year's old at the time of her disappearance.
A man by the name of Gary Ridgeway admitted to killing Major and two other women who were found at that cemetery in Washington. Ridgeway pled guilty to murder in 2003 and is serving a life sentence without parole at a prison in Washington.