GBI identifies killer in 33 year old cold case murder
North Carolina truck driver killed 19 year old and dumped her body, he died in a crash 11 years later
ATLANTA, Georgia (WDEF) – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation finally closed the case today of a woman whose body was found in Rising Fawn, Georgia in 1988.
They identified a truck driver and stunt driver from North Carolina as her killed.
“Hoss” Wise has since died himself.
For years, we didn’t know the identify of the woman whose body was dumped along I 59 in 1988.
They only positively identified her as 19 year old Stacey Lyn Chahorski from Michigan this spring, using family genealogy DNA testing by the FBI.
In a press conference on Tuesday in Atlanta, GBI officials say they identified Wise as her killed, also through genealogy DNA.
They say hew was 34 years old in 1988.
He drove a truck for a Western Carolina company on a Birmingham to Nashville route that took him through Chattanooga.
He had a criminal history in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina that included theft, assault and obstruction of a police officer.
But there was no mandatory DNA testing back then.
Wise was killed himself, 11 years after the murder.
He burned alive in a stunt driving crash at Myrtle Beach in 1999.
In a release, they said “Mary Beth Smith, Stacey Chahorski’s mother, expresses gratitude to the FBI, GBI Special Agent Adam Jones for his relentless pursuit of the case, and GBI Forensic Artist Marla Lawson for her work on the composite drawing and clay rendering. She also thanks Dade County Sheriff Ray Cross, all the people in Dade County who took care of Stacy as she was brought home to Norton Shores, Michigan, and the Norton Shores Police Department for never giving up on finding her. “