Identity of ‘Belle in the Well’ released after 38 years
IRONTON, Ohio (AP) — Investigators say they used complex forensic techniques to figure out the identity of a woman found dead in an Ohio well nearly four decades ago.
Lawrence County, Ohio, officials and experts from the nonprofit DNA Doe Project announced Monday that real name of the notorious “Belle in the Well” victim was Louise Virginia Flesher, of West Virginia.
Authorities say the mystery began in 1981 when a couple of teenagers found the decomposing remains of a woman inside an abandoned cistern.
After years of dead ends, multiple facial reconstructions and forensic genetic genealogy tactics that reviewed the family trees of 40,000 people, a DNA sample was finally obtained from Flesher’s youngest daughter to confirm the identity.
Officials want anyone with information about Flesher’s case to contact the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office.