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Authorities ID eighth victim of Molalla Forest Murderer

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Authorities found the bodies of seven women, all victims of Dayton Leroy Rogers, later dubbed the Molalla Forest Killer Authorities found the bodies of seven women, all victims of Dayton Leroy Rogers, later dubbed the Molalla Forest Killer
MOLALLA, OR (KPTV) -

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office announced Monday it has identified the remains of an eighth victim of the Molalla Forest Murderer.

Using DNA samples, deputies identified Tawnie Johnston as one of Dayton Leroy Rogers' eight victims. Johnston's body was the seventh found at a Molalla dump site in 1987, and her remains were unidentified until now.

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Before being identified, Johnston's remains were that of "Jane Doe. No. 6" -  a personal mission for forensic anthropologist Dr. Nici Vance.

In an interview with FOX 12 earlier this year, Vance said she was digging through archive evidence at the Oregon State Police crime lab and found some of Johnston's scalp and hair.

"We decided, well it's a biological material and we've got a chance to do DNA on it. So let's go ahead and get it done," she told FOX 12 earlier this year.

In addition to finding Johnston at the Molalla dump site, investigators found the bodies of Lisa Marie Mock, 23; Maureen Ann Hodges, 26; Christine Lotus Adams, 35; Cynthia Devore, 20; Nondace Cervantes, 26; and Riatha Gyles, 16, back in the 1980s.

Rogers was convicted in 1988 for the 1987 murder of his final victim in a Clackamas County parking lot.

He remains at the Oregon State Penitentiary.

Anyone with information relating to 18-year-old Tawnia Jarie Johnston's arrival in the Portland area in the spring of 1987 is urged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Tip Line by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/forms/tip.html.

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