Body found in Kentucky in 2011 identified as Indy woman

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GLASGOW, Ky. (WISH/WKRN) – Police in Kentucky have said a body found near a Kentucky highway in 2011 has been identified as an Indianapolis woman.

According to the Kentucky State Police, Carma Purpura’s body was discovered in August 2011 off the shoulder of the Louie B. Nunn Parkway near mile marker 8 in Barren County.

Identification was made by the medical examiner’s office in Louisville using DNA evidence.

Police said Purpura had been reported missing from Indianapolis in July 2007.

Purpura, who would have been 35 at the time she was found, is thought to have been the victim of a serial killer known as the truck stop killer.

That killer, Bruce Mendenhall, was charged with Purpura’s death and multiple others when blood from at least 10 people was found in the cab of his truck. Police believe he killed at least seven people at truck stops in four different states.

No other information is available.

The case remains under investigation.