SAN ANTONIO -- Bexar County forensic investigators are using fingerprint technology known as Automate Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) to identify bodies with unknown identities.
Once the fingerprint is entered, the technology will automatically search for potential matches.
"If it's unidentified or even a tentative ID, we'll pull the prints from the medical examiner's office, and we'll scan them into AFIS," said Lucy Adame-Clark, a latent examiner for the Bexar County Sheriff's Office.
That was the case for Jacqueline Johnson, 25, whose badly burned body was discovered on June 2 by a passerby in the 100 block of Shrader Street.
After several failed attempts at retrieving a legible fingerprint, technicians at the Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office were able to produce a clearer print.
"You have to take into consideration she was a burn victim," Adame-Clark said. "I asked for another print, another print, another print, until I get the best print from the medical examiner's office."
It was that last print that identified Johnson.
"We were able to identify and get her back to her family," Adame-Clark said.
Individuals with information regarding the murder of Jacqueline Johnson are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 224-STOP.