Authorities have identified the remains discovered in Stony Brook Reservation in Boston in the summer of 1994.
The Suffolk County District Attorney’s office identified the remains, known for years only as “Jane Doe,’’ as Milagros Alvarado of Fitchburg, who was last seen alive at the age of 37 in Fitchburg in June 1994. Her “badly-decomposed’’ body was found by Metropolitan District Commission workers and her death was ruled a homicide after a medical examiner determined she died from blunt force trauma to the head, authorities said.
“For more than 20 years, Ms. Alvarado’s family was waiting and wondering if they would ever learn what became of her,’’ Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley said in a statement. “Today they can at least give her the dignity of a burial under her true name. And with the public’s help, we hope one day to give them the satisfaction of seeing justice done on her behalf.’’
The DA’s office said investigators, at the time, combed through missing persons reports, released descriptions of her clothing and “presumed appearance in life,’’ and entered facts from the case into national databases.
Last year, investigators used federal grant money to exhume the remains with the hope that DNA testing could help identify her and her killer. Last week, the DNA profile, submitted to to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, was matched to samples that were separately provided by Alvarado’s family at the end of last year.
“This identification evidences the commitment of the Boston Police Department and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office to seek justice for the victims and survivors of homicide,’’ Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said in a statement. “I commend the work of those involved in this case and hope that this new information brings us one step closer to solving this crime.’’
The DA’s office said Suffolk prosecutors and Boston police will collaborate with state police, the Worcester County District Attorney’s office, and Fitchburg police as the investigation continues.
Anyone with information about Alvarado’s death is asked to contact the Boston Police Homicide Unit at 617-343-4470 or the Worcester County State Police Detective Unit at 508-832-9124.