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Decapitated head found in park ID’d as missing woman

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Investigators are reporting that a decapitated head that was found in a Illinois state park in 1993, has been identified as a missing Tennessee woman.

Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Bullard Sr. announced that the remains belong to Susan Lund of Clarksville, Tennessee.

Lund was reported missing by her husband in December of 1992. According to the report, Lund who was 25 at the time, reportedly went to the grocery store but never returned home.

The head discovered by two girls along the roadway of Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park in Illinois about a month later, however, authorities were unable to identify the woman.

In February of 2021 anthropologist Amy Michael of the University of New Hampshire offered to reexamine the case.

A new sketch of the woman was made and more DNA was taken. They then took that DNA to a forensic genealogy team and found an ancestral match.

One of Lund’s siblings provided a DNA sample for comparison and a match was found.

Now that they have more information, authorities are looking more into the case.

According to the report, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation since it the discovery was found in Illinois but he Clarksville Police Department is teaming up with them on the case.

It is unclear at this time how the woman died.

No additional information has been released in the case.