Cold Case: Remains Of 1976 Murder Victim Exhumed

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Bremer County, Iowa authorities have disinterred the remains of a homicide victim buried more than 30 years ago to see if technological advances may yield new evidence in her death.

County Attorney Kasey Wadding says the body of Marie Lisa Peak was disinterred Friday and sent to the State Medical Examiner's office in Ankeny for re-examination.

Peak was 20 years old when her body was discovered in Bremer County just north of Waverly in September 1976. An autopsy indicated Peak was the victim of a sexual assault and died of a broken neck.

At the time of her disappearance, the Knoxville native had been a journalism student at Wartburg College.