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Remains found behind shopping center identified

Saturday - 8/18/2012, 5:39pm  ET

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Best photo available of Lee, who went missing from Brooklyn Park, Md., in May 2012. (Courtesy Anne Arundel County Police)

PASADENA, Md. (AP) - A woman whose body was found in the woods behind a shopping center has been identified, and Anne Arundel County police say she was a homicide victim.

Police identified the woman on Friday as 20-year-old Jessica Lynn Lee of Brooklyn Park. She had been missing since May. Her body was identified through DNA comparison.

Her body was found earlier this month after a man told police he was walking in the woods when he saw what appeared to be a human skull. A search team recovered additional remains.

Lee's mother, Ann Burke, says she doesn't know who would have wanted to harm her daughter. Burke is now caring for Lee's 16-month-old daughter.


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