Law enforcement in Arizona are finally able to identify a woman found dead in 1971 after community members rallied together to help fund crucial DNA testing.

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office was notified on Jan. 23, 1971, of remains found in a desert area close to U.S. Highway 93 on Hackberry Road. The body was in a white cotton canvas sack with the words “Deer-Pak Ames Harris Neville Co.” printed on it in green, authorities said in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

Investigators at the time were not able to identify the woman. It wasn’t until Monday — 52 years after her death — that the sheriff’s office was able to figure out her name: Colleen Audrey Rice.

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