In 2015, genealogy researcher Christina Scates was searching for the grave site of an ancestor when a note in a Cleveland cemetery index caught her eye.

“Unknown white female bones” buried in 1975, it said.

Sure, there were dozens, maybe hundreds, of unknown people buried in unmarked graves in the Potter’s Field section of Highland Park Cemetery. But this one tugged at her.

These bones were estimated to belong to a young woman of about 20 years. Scates, at the time, was 22.

These bones were found in Strongsville. Scates grew up 20 minutes away, in Grafton.

And this woman had been shot in the head. Someone, somewhere, was missing a daughter, a sister, a friend.

“It hit close to home for me,” Scates said, and she couldn’t let it go.

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