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California police ID Ada Beth Kaplan as headless body in vineyard

The mystery of a woman whose headless body was completely drained of blood and abandoned in a California vineyard nearly 13 years ago has finally been solved, police said last week.

Police have named 64-year-old Ada Beth Kaplan as the victim of an abused, partially decomposed, naked body found in Irvine in March 2011, police said. Kern County Sheriff.

Kaplan was completely unrecognizable. In addition to decapitating the woman and drawing her blood, the perpetrator also took the time to cut off the woman's thumb before forcing her to lie on her back in the first driveway.

“This person took the time to pull into this dirt access road, remove the body, place it on the ground, pose in what I considered to be a sexual position, and then hope that the body would be found.” '' said the homicide sergeant.david hubbard he told KGET.

Although they were unable to identify Kaplan, it was clear to detectives that they were looking at a murder victim.

Ada Beth Kaplan, seen in an old photo, was identified as the headless body found in a California vineyard in 2011. DNA DOE project

But the DNA they were able to scrap turned out to be useless, with no hits in the missing person, crime scene or convicted person index, the sheriff's office said.

The case remained unsolved for nine years until the Medical Examiner's Office contacted the DNA Doe Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to identifying John and Jane Doe using investigative genetic genealogy. did.

This time, Kaplan's DNA found multiple hits, linking investigators to multiple distant cousins ​​spanning eight generations.

Researchers linked Jane Doe to her wealthy Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry and constructed a family tree by combing through massive records from Eastern Europe.

Kaplan was not reported missing, making it difficult for police to identify his body. KGET

After comparing her DNA to two potential family members on the East Coast, the team finally made the match.

“Our team worked long and hard to make this identification,” said Missy Koski, team leader for the volunteer group. said in a statement.

“Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry is often difficult to uncover. Bringing in experts in Jewish records and genealogy made a big difference.”

Interviews with Kaplan's family revealed why it was so difficult to identify her. That's because no one filed a missing person report.

Police said Kaplan's body was placed on the ground in a “sexual manner.” KGET

However, the disturbing events leading up to her death and her killer remain a mystery.

Kaplan lived about 130 miles north of where her body was found, but police do not believe she was killed at the vineyard.

The deranged killers appeared to be “quite calm about this crime”, leaving police officers confused and concerned that they were still at large.

“I've never seen anything like that in my life,” Pruitt previously said.

“I've seen some pretty gruesome crime scenes, but this was just… creepy.”

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