Ohio woman is not missing Milwaukee girl, DNA test shows

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MILWAUKEE, Wis. – A DNA sample doesn’t lie, and Milwaukee police said a girl who disappeared in 2002 hasn’t been found.

A woman in Ohio is not Alexis Patterson, the 7-year-old girl who disappeared on her way to school in May 2002, reports WITI. The case created a national stir after a man claimed a woman he knew may be the missing girl, all grown up and living in Ohio.

Police in Milwaukee provided the following statement about the case:

On Thursday morning, July 14th, MPD received a call from the Wisconsin Regional Crime Lab regarding the results of DNA testing derived from a tip that came in from a Ohio man relative to the 2002 disappearance of Alexis Patterson. The sample collected by law enforcement authorities in Ohio of a female there does NOT match that of Patterson’s.

The DNA testing came after police received a tip from a man who thought the woman could be Patterson. He said she had some of the same identifying marks and gaps in her memory about her past.

There were some holes in the man’s theory. First of all, the woman was reportedly 28 while Patterson would be only 21 years old. The woman also said she didn’t believe she was the missing girl.

Still, she submitted a DNA sample to police in Bryan, Ohio, in hopes of resolving the matter.

Patterson disappeared near Hi-Mount Community School in Milwaukee on May 3, 2002. The case was turned over to the department’s cold case unit in 2009.

The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office is still offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to her return. Anyone with any information regarding should call (414) 278-4788.

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