UPDATE: Familial Match Found in 1986 Saline County Murder Case

UPDATE: The Saline County Sheriff’s Office says a familial match has been made with an unidentified woman who was found murdered more than three decades ago in Saline County.

According to a statement issued Monday morning by Saline County Sheriff Roger Soldan, DNA and dental records have confirmed the identity of the woman, whose body was found in Mulberry Creek west of Salina on January 25, 1986.

Investigators were not able to identify the woman at the time and she was given the nickname “Miss Molly”. Her murder remains unsolved.

A press conference has been scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Sheriff’s Office in which the woman’s identity will be announced.

Below is the full statement from Sheriff Soldan:

“The morning of July 29th, 2019 the body of an unidentified female nicknamed ‘Miss Molly’ was exhumed so that samples could be obtained for DNA testing. ‘Miss Molly’ was found deceased in a creek along Interstate 70 in Saline County January 25th, 1986.

The resulting DNA profile was entered in the FBI Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) and in late February the Sheriff’s Office was notified that a possible familial match was obtained. After further examination this match provided positive identification of ‘Miss Molly’ which has since been confirmed thru dental records.

There will be a press conference for the media on August 11th, 2020 at 4:00PM at the Saline County Sheriff’s Office Training Room, 251 N 10th, Salina KS.

Masks will be required and admission to the press conference will be limited to credentialed media to ensure social distancing can be maintained.”


SALINA – New details are coming to light concerning the unsolved murder of a woman whose body was found along Interstate 135 in Saline County in 1986.

According to a report from KWCH-TV, Saline County Sheriff Roger Soldan plans to release those details at a press conference this Tuesday, August 11.

It has been more than a year since the body of the unidentified woman, dubbed “Miss Molly”, was exhumed from her grave to obtain new samples of her DNA. At the time, the international police agency INTERPOL hoped to compare those samples to two missing women from Belgium and the Netherlands. Those comparisons have now been made.

At the time “Miss Molly” was exhumed and the DNA samples were sent to an FBI lab for comparison, the estimate to get the results back was six to eight months. That was in late July 2019. Sheriff Roger Soldan said the results were delayed because of the FBI’s investigation of the Walmart shooting in El Paso, Texas in August of the same year.

The results have now been presented to the Sheriff’s office, and Soldan said that initially there were no matches to any missing persons, but new information has now come to the surface. Soldan did not say what that information concerned.

The body of “Miss Molly” was discovered by a truck driver in late January 1986 along I-135 near Mulberry Creek west of Salina. Investigators have never been able to identify the woman, and to date, no arrests have been made in the case.

The Salina Scoop is continuing to follow this story and will have additional information as it is announced.