Woman identified in 30-year-old Jackson County cold case

The skeletal remains of an unidentified woman found 30-years-ago in Vancleave have been identified.

Investigators have identified Kimberly Ann Funk from Sharon, Pennsylvania as the victim found in the swampy area of Ward Bayou in 1991.

Later in 1991, a clay model was made of the woman’s skull to help identify her. The woman still remained unknown.

Years later, in 2019, an anonymous donor helped to fund further DNA research to help build a family tree. Then, in March of 2021, a possible brother was identified in which he confirmed to have a sister named Kimberly Ann Funk.

He said she went missing in 1990. After DNA swabs were taken, within two weeks the DNA confirmed Kimberly Ann Funk’s identity. Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell said, “There’s so many cases out there that we may never solve and to get to solve one like this and find actively living family members in another state, and to be able to say we have your loved one. Although we don’t have an arrest or anything like that, we do have the remains and you know at least try to give you some comfort about it.”

Anyone with information on this case can contact the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at 228-769-3063 or Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers. All information will remain confidential.

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