The remains of a woman found south of Muskogee in 1983 have been identified as a woman who went missing in Tulsa in 1981.
The remains were identified through DNA testing as 44-year-old Francine Frost.
Muskogee County District Attorney Orvil Loge says Frost went missing on February 16, 1981. Her car was found in the parking lot of the Skaggs Alpha Beta grocery store at 21st Street and Memorial Drive in Tulsa.
Loge says authorities discovered her then-unidentified remains near Martin, Oklahoma in January 1983, and subsequently buried them.
Tulsa Missing Persons detective Margaret Loveall says Frost's grandson connected the cases while surfing the Internet.
"He discovered a case—that happened to be the Muskogee case—in which an article of clothing, a specific article of clothing, caught his attention and he reported to the police and to the medical examiner's office that he believed those remains were indeed his grandmother because he believed this particular article of clothing was hers."
The Oklahoma State Medical Examiner's Office requested that the county exhume the remains for testing last August. According to Loge, it's possible that Frost died in Muskogee County.
Muskogee County authorities are working with Tulsa police to reopen the investigation into Frost's disappearance.