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Police identify bones found in suitcase off of I-985
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Jessica Manchini

After nearly three years, police have identified the remains of a woman found in a suitcase in Buford along Interstate 985.

A Georgia Department of Transportation worker discovered the skull and bones July 29, 2016, when he walked “into the woods to relieve himself,” police said. The remains were found north of Buford Drive.

“A tag from the suitcase appeared to have faded blue ink that was no longer visible to the human eye.  Several lighting tests were done in 2016 to try and read the writing, but the ink appeared to have washed away,” Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Michele Pihera wrote in a news release.

This month, the tags were re-examined with new technology that revealed a partial name and address.

That led them to Jessica Ashley Manchini, 29, a missing woman originally from Pennsylvania who spent her last few years in Gwinnett County.

Manchini was reported missing in December 2014 by her mother.

“Dental records and medical records have confirmed that the human remains belong to Jessica. Her cause and manner of death are still under investigation,” Pihera wrote.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 770-513-5300 or use the anonymous Crime Stoppers tip line at 404-577-8477.

Law enforcement works the scene where a Department of Transportation worker discovered a suitcase with human remains inside along I-985 in July of 2016.
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