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Researchers seek help solving 1970s cold case murder

By JOHNATHAN HOGAN Post RegisterMay 19, 2019

A former Idaho State University visiting assistant professor is raising funds in hopes that new DNA testing will lead to answers in a 40-year-old East Idaho murder mystery.

Amy Michael, who’s now at the University of New Hampshire but still working with ISU personnel and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office on the case, hopes that testing can shed light on how a mummified human torso ended up in Buffalo Cave, also known as the Civil Defense Cave, near the Montana border.

The mystery began in 1979 when a family searching for arrowheads came upon a male torso. The arms and legs were found 12 years later, but the head has never been located.

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