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Woman who drowned in Texas in 1966 identified as Kansan


January 20, 2021

PECOS, Texas. (AP) — Police in western Texas have identified a girl who drowned in a hotel pool in 1966 as a 17-year-old native of Kansas.

Jolaine Hemmy, of Salina, Kansas, drowned on July 5, 1966 at the Ropers Motel in Pecos, police said Tuesday.

She was staying with a man at the hotel when her body was found. The man, who police did not identify, was in the couple's room when she drowned but left while emergency responders were trying to revive her, Pecos police said.

Police reopened the cold case last year and her body was exhumed in August 2019, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported....

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