DNA Links Woman Found in 1984 in Florida Canal to Boston Crime Family


In a DNA breakthrough, a murder victim found strangled in a Florida canal in 1984 has finally been identified. And the 4-decades-old mystery is tied to a notorious Boston crime family. 

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Lori Jane Kearsey, whose body was discovered face down in the waters of Davie, South Florida, on February 18, 1984, has been identified through DNA analysis.

Law enforcement had no idea whose body was found. They publicized descriptions highlighting her as a blonde woman with hazel eyes, standing at 5’4″ and weighing 120 pounds.

Kearsey was 23 years old at the time of her disappearance. 

The case had long gone cold until a DNA analysis of Kearsey’s bone fragments led investigators to a match with her daughter, Maehgan Smith, who currently resides in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

 Kearsey was divorced from her daughter’s father. And had recently married into a well-known Boston crime family.

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