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Clothing worn by an unidentified woman found dead in Vernon County, Wisconsin in 1984. Investigators now say pollen found on the woman's clothing indicates she was mostly likely from an urban area in either Arizona or New Mexico. (Credit: Vernon County Sheriff's Office)

There's new information in a 34-year-old cold case homicide in Vernon County. 

On May 4, 1984, the body of a woman was found outside Westby. An autopsy showed that the woman died of severe head trauma. The woman, who is believed to be between 50-63 years old when she died, had her hands cut off. No attempt was made to hide the body. She was not killed at the location where the body was found. Despite a large amount of evidence, she was never identified. 

On Wednesday, the Vernon County Sheriff's Department said that the clothing the woman wore was tested for pollen. Based on that evidence, the pollen places the woman likely was from an urban area in either Arizona or New Mexico. 

The sheriff's department and Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) are asking for the public's help in Wisconsin, Arizona, and New Mexico for help in identifying the woman. 

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