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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -
Madison County authorities have identified skeletal remains found in a remote area fifteen years ago.
At a news conference Wednesday morning, Sheriff Blake Dorning said the victim was 18-year-old Madison County resident Cynthia Lynn Davis.
Sheriff Dorning said the victim was a waitress in the area, possibly at a Waffle House.
For 15 years, investigators could not identify the remains.
It wasn't until Cynthia Lynn Davis's step-father heard an update about the case on the news. He thought it was possible the remains could have been his step-daughter's.
On October 16, 1997, a hunter discovered the skeletal remains of an unidentified person in a remote wooded area near Indian Creek Road, South of Kelly Spring Road. The body was wrapped in plastic sheeting commonly used in construction. The plastic was secured with gray duct tape.
Davis's step-father said she ran away a year before the remains were found. DNA testing confirmed the remains were of Cynthia Lynn.
Dorning said the department is now focused on locating the person responsible for Davis' murder. They have not released her cause of death.
Dorning said anyone with information about the case should call the Sheriff's Department. He also thanked the FBI and the University of Tennessee Forensic Anthropology department for their help with the case.