- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 11, 2014

PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Authorities hoping to close decades-old cases have exhumed five unidentified bodies at a suburban Detroit cemetery.

State police say the remains of four people were exhumed Monday at United Memorial Gardens in Wayne County’s Plymouth Township and those of a fifth person were exhumed Oct. 31.

Officials hope to obtain DNA that will be useful in investigations. The effort is funded by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Others involved include Detroit police and the FBI.

In one case, an unidentified female body with multiple stab wounds was found Feb. 10, 1987, at a Detroit incinerator dumping yard. In another other case, a girl went missing in the late 1980s and hasn’t been found.

The cases date to the 1970s. All involved the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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