Bones not those of missing Cherokee woman

Cobb County police realized in the fall that the bones, found in 1993, had never been DNA tested. DNA analysis was still relatively uncommon when they were discovered.

The skeleton was that of a white female who was 5 feet 3 inches to 5 feet 6 inches tall, 25 to 30 years old and weighed 100 to 120 pounds. It was found a few feet into the woods off Scufflegrit Road by a heavy equipment operator clearing land for a new subdivision.

The bones were sent to the FBI forensics lab in Quantico, Va., about six months ago.

Cherokee County investigators had hoped the DNA would be a match to Belinda Norred, an Acworth woman who disappeared Aug. 16, 1992, and who is feared dead. Her abandoned pickup truck was found in Marietta six weeks after she vanished.

The DNA profile will be entered in a national database for possible future identification.

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