WEATHER WATCH
Victim identified in nearly 45-year-old cold case is from Lancaster
In August of 1976 the bodies of a man and woman were found on the side of Locklair Road in Sumter County. Both had been shot multiple times. (credit: Carl Koppelman)

The identities of a John and Jane Doe found shot to death in Sumter County nearly 45 years ago was revealed.

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Department said Pamela Buckley, 25 and James Freund, 30 are the John and Jane Doe from a 1976 cold case.

Both victims went missing in 1975.

In August of 1976, the bodies of a man and woman were found on the side of Locklair Road in Sumter County. Both had been shot multiple times.

The fatal shot for each of them was a shot to the back of the head, said the Sumter County Coroner.

Freund was born in 1946 in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, before relocating to Lancaster where he finished school, according to the DNA Doe Project.

Buckley was reported missing from Colorado, according to Sheriff Dennis.

The DNA Doe Project helped identify the victims.

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The bodies were exhumed in 2007.

Officials said in 2019 DNA was given to the DNA Doe Project.

About five months ago they were able to identify Buckley and Freund.

The sheriff has reopened the investigation into their deaths.

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