Alaska serial killer’s victim identified almost 40 years later

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Alaska serial killer's victim identified almost 40 years later

A woman known for decades as “Horseshoe Harriet” after she was slain by an Alaskan serial killer was finally identified Friday through genetic genealogy and DNA technology, authorities said.

“Horseshoe Harriet” was actually homeless teenager Robin Pelkey, who was living in Anchorage when she was killed by Robert Hansen in the early 1980s, the Alaska Bureau of Investigation Cold Case Investigation Unit said.

Horseshoe Harriet
Workers and medical examiner crew members exhume the body of Jane Doe #3 from a cemetery in Anchorage, Alaska, now known to be Robin Pelkey.
AP Photo/Rachel D’Oro, File

Hansen, who owned a bakery, was known by the moniker “Butcher Baker” for abducting and hunting down women — many of them sex workers — in the wilderness just north of the city.

Pelkey was 19 years old when she disappeared in 1984. She was one of at least 17 victims of Hansen, authorities said.

Robin Pelkey
Pelkey was given a nondescript headstone when she died.
AP Photo/Rachel D’Oro, File

“I would like to thank all of the troopers, investigators, and analysts that have diligently worked on this case over the last 37 years,” said Alaska Department of Public Safety Commissioner James Cockrell in a statement. “Without their hard work and tenacity, the identity of Ms. Pelkey may have never been known.”

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