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Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Identifies Woman Found Dead 16 Years Ago

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has finally identified the skeletal remains of a woman discovered in 2007 as Jeana Lynn Burrus, who was 39 years old at the time of her death. The authorities are now seeking information from anyone who knew Jeana or her husband, James Burrus, as he has been named a person of interest in her death.

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Jeana’s remains were found in a shallow grave in a wooded area near Ashton Court in Sarasota on February 6, 200The case had gone cold until last November when a breakthrough occurred with the help of DNA advancements in testing and genetic genealogy. The use of these techniques allowed the authorities to positively identify Jeana.

At the time of her death, Jeana lived with her husband and son on Pauline Avenue in Sarasota. James Burrus worked at a local body shop on Sarah Avenue, while Jeana was unemployed. The couple’s son was a student at Gulf Gate Elementary School.

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Interestingly, despite her disappearance, Jeana was never reported missing by her family, making the investigation more challenging. Before living in Sarasota, Jeana and James resided in Citrus County, Florida, and Frederick, Maryland.

The authorities are now urging anyone with information about Jeana Lynn Burrus or her husband, James Burrus, to come forward and help with the ongoing investigation into this long-unsolved case.

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