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DNA assures IDs in two area deaths

DNA assures IDs in two area deaths

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BLOOMINGTON — McLean County Coroner Beth Kimmerling said positive genetic matches have returned on two bodies found in McLean County earlier this summer.

Both had been tentatively identified by Kimmerling’s office previously.

Kimmerling confirmed the upper torso found in McLean County on Aug. 3 and the lower extremities found on Aug. 11 belonged to Oakley Mitchell of Secor.

Swabs taken from family members confirmed the match, she said.

Bone fragments found in Woodford County on Aug. 6 are not able to be identified due to extensive charring, but are believed to be Mitchell’s, she said. Mitchell died of multiple gunshot wounds, and two people have been charged in the case.

A blood sample and personal care items confirmed a body found in a farm field south of McLean County roads 1375 East and 850 North in rural Shirley was a 26-year-old Bloomington woman.

She died of thermal burns due to self-immolation, and no one else is believed to be involved in her death, Kimmerling said.

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