HOUSTON A teenage girl found murdered in Houston in 1982 has finally been identified.

Michelle Garvey vanished from her home in New London, Connecticut in June of that year. Authorities thought she was a runaway.

At the request of the National Center for Missing Children, police in Connecticut reopened the cold case in August and obtained DNA samples from Garvey s family.

The DNA was submitted to a national database in Fort Worth and matched to the body found in a Houston field exactly a month after Garvey disappeared.

The family of Michelle Garvey has been notified of the identification and efforts are being made to have her remains returned to Connecticut for burial.

The investigation into her disappearance and death will continue by the Connecticut State Police Missing Person Unit.

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