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TBI: Cold case murder victim identified

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – A homicide victim whose body was found over 30 years ago, partially decomposed along Interstate 81 in Greene County, has been identified as a missing woman from New Hampshire.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says the remains have been identified as Elizabeth Lamotte, who was last seen in November 1984.

The remains were found on April 14, 1985, near exit 44 on I-81 in Greene County. TBI Special Agents ruled the case a homicide and said she appeared to have died three weeks before the remains were found.

Authorities were unable to identify the victim and she was listed as “Jane Doe.”

A sample of her remains was sent to the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification in 2006 and a DNA profile was entered into the Combined DNA Index System with the hopes of determining who she was.

Earlier this week, investigators received word that there was a match to the DNA profile. She was identified as then-17-year-old Elizabeth Lamotte. She went missing in New Hampshire in 1984, but it wasn’t until last year that police there located family member sand obtained DNA samples.

The investigation into Lamotte’s death is still ongoing and the TBI is asking for help to develop new leads. Anyone with information, specifically about who she may have been with in the days before she died, is asked to call 1-800-TBI-FIND.