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Dec 16, 2013 7:22 AM by AP

'Jane Doe' to be exhumed before Christmas

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) - Hancock County Coroner Jim Faulk says the body of an unidentified woman who was hit by a vehicle and killed in south Mississippi in 1998 will be exhumed before Christmas.

Relatives of Nelda Louise Hardwick of Lake Charles, La., believe she is the one buried as Jane Doe in St. Joseph Cemetery in coastal Mississippi's Hancock County, which borders Louisiana. Hardwick went missing in 1993.

The woman was found dead on Interstate 10 in Hancock County on May 8, 1998. No charges were filed related to the accident and she was never identified.

Faulk said Hardwick left a note for her sleeping boyfriend and four young children the day she disappeared in October 1993, saying she was going to the store and would be back soon. She never returned.


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