A cold victim, known for 37 years as Horseshoe Harriet, for a serial killer in Alaska has been positively identified as a native of Colorado.
Robin Pelkey, who was born in 1963, was identified in September as a victim of serial killer Robert Hansen, the Alaska Department of Public Safety announced Friday.
Pelkey was 19 at the time of her murder and no record was found reporting her missing, according to a ADPS news release. Records reflect that Pelkey lived in Anchorage in the early 1980s when Hansen raped and murdered women.
Before positive DNA genealogy, Pelkey was known as Horsehoe Harriet because her unidentified body was found near Horseshoe Lake north of Anchorage, according to Alaska Public Media.
Hansen was arrested in October 1983 by the Alaska State Troopers. In February 1984, Hansen pleaded guilty to four counts of murder. He eventually admitted to murdering 17 women, the release said, and he accompanied investigators on helicopter flights to pinpoint burial sites.
“I would like to thank all the troops, investigators and analysts who have worked diligently on this matter for the past 37 years. Without their hard work and perseverance, the identity of Mrs Pelkey might never have been known,” said Commissioner James Cockrell in the ADPS release.
Hansen died on 21 August 2014, at a hospital in Anchorage at the age of 75. He was serving a 461-year prison sentence at the time of his death, according to The Washington Post.
Pelkey’s surviving family “requested that they not be contacted directly while grasping this heartbreaking news,” according to the release. A new grave marker identifying Pelkey’s last resting place at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery has been purchased.
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