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Bones identified as missing teen 40 years later

Bones Identified As Florida Teen More Than 40 Years Later

"I never, never thought she was dead."

Florida police made a big breakthrough in the cold case of a teenager who vanished more than four decades ago.

It started in 1976 when Nancy Grace Daniel disappeared near Orlando when she was 14. She was last seen getting in a car, leading her family to believe she ran away.

But last month her skeletal remains were identified.

"I never imaged in my mind that my sister was dead... just imagine having your only sister, and she's gone from you for so long, and no one knows where she's at. "

Six months after she disappeared, two decomposing bodies believed to be teenage girls were found in a lake but detectives eventually labeled them cold cases. Thanks to new technology, though, they were able to identify Nancy's remains more than 40 years later.

The other set of bones, only referred to as "Jane Doe," are still a mystery. There is now a $5,000 reward for information in the case.

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ohioh111b111y July 01 2014 at 8:38 AM

two girls in a lake. I would look for two male friends of the family. The killer/s are closer than you think.

My condolences to the families and I hope the truth comes out soon. It has been way too long for you.

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TripleXKimberly July 01 2014 at 7:17 AM

So heartbreaking! I hope now her family can get the closure they need and now have the answers I am sure they have been searching for. People just don't vanish. Someone out there always knows something. My heart and Prayers go out to her family. RIP Nancy.

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dan_crabtree July 01 2014 at 11:37 AM

Florida on average loses four to eight young women and yes males as well every year....kidnapped raped then murdered.. as this state is awash in perverts,...as a former resident i can remember when we had twenty six sex offenders all with-in fourty miles of our house....this will never end untill there all put down...

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Greg Schaper dan_crabtree July 01 2014 at 7:37 PM

Really? 26 within a forty mile radius? That's not many compared to many places. And 12 disappearances in a state that size is still one in a million. You are unrealistic in your expectations.

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moooooooooochelle July 01 2014 at 11:15 AM


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mzladysmiling July 01 2014 at 8:11 AM

We are such a "throw away" society....
In SOOOO many ways......
How sad....
Prayers for the family, and the deceased.....

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poll100 July 01 2014 at 9:33 AM

No one got in a car when they didn't know the perzsson by 1976 she knew him.

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PowellTreeCare poll100 July 01 2014 at 4:03 PM

Maybe, but people were definitely still hitch hiking in 1976. I had just graduated Jr. High that year - it was the bicentennial. We were constantly being warned about the dangers of hitching a ride.

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poll100 poll100 July 01 2014 at 4:11 PM

People were not hitchhiking by 1976, esp. girls, that was over by1970. She knew the car so her family should be checked, their friends.

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BlahBlahBlah poll100 July 01 2014 at 8:23 PM

No, people were definitely hitching in 1976. That's how my brothers got around until they got a car.

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jewel July 01 2014 at 7:21 AM

SO SAD TOOK SO LONG. i pray God with that familey....

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PamieJune July 01 2014 at 9:24 AM

Sadly, runaways that have been gone that long rarely turn up alive. I'm astounded that the family thought she was still alive. It's the not knowing that's the hardest - we went through the same thing in our family (my only sister) around the same time. I remember when they found her body my mother said there was one good thing about it - now she knew where she was. Up until that point, I never realized how awful that must have been for her, not knowing where she was or what she was going through. Now that I'm a mother, I understand. Condolences to the families.

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proudamericanpatriot July 01 2014 at 11:09 AM

So sad that such a beautiful young woman was stolen so early in life. My prayers go out to her family.

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donpantanella July 01 2014 at 1:29 PM

whole lot of sick people out there, do your best to stay away from them

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