Regina Marie Curtis
COLD CASE: Remains of teen missing since 2000 identified-Updated: 6:42 PM CST Feb 9, 2016- Brian Shlonsky
"OKLAHOMA CITY —
Remains that belonged to a missing teenager from an Oklahoma cold case have been identified.
Police confirm they notified Regina Marie Curtis' family earlier this month that her remains were found.
Oklahoma City police have released a timeline of events in the case:
• May 12, 2000: Regina Curtis is reported as a runaway juvenile in southwest OKC
• June 22, 2000: Found Remains Reported at Lake Draper, in far southeast OKC
• November 2000: Composite Clay Model Sent to Media Outlets (OSBI) and attempt to distribute through school system
• October 2002: Re-attempt to disseminate Composite Clay Model to news media
• December 2002: Dissemination of Composite Clay Model Flyers sent to schools
• December 2002: 1st sample of remains submitted to The University of North Texas for DNA analysis
• January 2005: 2nd sample of remains submitted to The University of North Texas, (1st sample did not contain sufficient bone marrow for analysis)
• August 2006: DNA was obtained by OSBI from Curtis family and sent to The University of North Texas for DNA profile.
• March 2010: Composite drawing was released to media, OCPD received various tips from Curtis family believing remains may be Regina Curtis. OCPD also believes it may be her but no DNA evidence to make that confirmation.
• January 2016: A DNA match was made by The University of North Texas, positively identifying the victim and OCPD was notified.
• Feb. 3, 2016: OCPD sent next of kin notification to Curtis family reference DNA results.
• The case has always been and continues to be an open investigation.
The remains were found in 2000. KOCO is investigating why it took so long to notify Curtis' family.
Regina Curtis was reported missing in May 2000, according to her family. Her remains were found in June 2000.
The family said they spent 16 "heartbreaking years of suffering and searching" for Regina Curtis.
The remains were found at SE 134th and Sauna, which is east of Draper Lake.
The family is planning a memorial service for Regina Curtis on Saturday."
The Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office released a statement about the case:
"Over many years the OCME has archived around 150 unidentified skeletal remains in our evidence vault. Some of these decedents have been with us for decades, prior to DNA testing or a searchable national database of missing persons. Prior to 2012 the OCME had no dedicated in-house personnel, systematic method, or tools to allocate specifically toward making positive identification in these cases. In 2012 we hired a full-time forensic anthropologist, Angela Berg, and in 2015 we hired a second one, Dr. Carlos Zambrano. Together, in a relatively short amount of time, they have been able to register 113 of these human remains in a searchable national database (NamUs), and have assisted directly in the resolution of 61 missing person cases, some dating as far back as 1968! Regina Curtis, whose remains were found in 2000, was one of these people identified by their tireless efforts, in conjunction with the national database, local law enforcement, and DNA testing provided by UNT-HSC in Texas."