A woman with a sheriff ID discovered as a victim of a serial killer in 1977

Pascagoula, Mississippi (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Security announced on Tuesday that it had identified a female skeletal body found nearly 44 years ago, and investigators are the victims of Samuel Little, who is now dead. I believe. The most prolific serial killer in US history..

In December 1977, a hunter found the body of a woman in a small community in Escatawpa on the coast of Jackson County, Mississippi, and investigators have since called her “Escatawpa Janedu.” Autopsy revealed that the woman, who had unique golden teeth, had died about three to four months before the body was found.

Sheriff Mike Ezel said in a news release on Tuesday that investigators used DNA to kill Clara Birdlong, who was born in 1933 in Leflore County, Mississippi, about 300 miles (483 kilometers) northwest of Jackson County. Said that it was identified. Relatives told investigators earlier this year that Birdlong had disappeared from Le Flore County in the 1970s.

Ezel said Little didn’t know her name, but said Little had confessed in 2018 about several killings in the southeastern United States, including the killing of “Escatau Pajane Doe.” Ezel released a photo of Little’s prison taken in August 1977 after being arrested on Tuesday for minor theft charges in Pascagoula, Jackson County.

Little died in California in December, where he was sentenced to life imprisonment for multiple murders. He confessed that he had killed 93 people between 1970 and 2005. Most of the killings took place in Florida and Southern California.

“He is now dead, but Samuel Little is considered the main suspect in Clara Birdlong’s death,” a news release from Ezel’s office said Tuesday. “The cause of her death is unknown.”