GREGG COUNTY, Texas — The Gregg County Sheriff's Office has officially identified a homicide victim known as Lavender Doe.
On October 26, 2006, deputies responded to a call on an oil lease off Fritz Swanson Road, north of Texas 31, after two men discovered a woman’s body. The woman later came to be known as Lavender Doe.
The Lavender Doe case has remained active and investigators say they never stopped trying to identify Lavender Doe.
Now, thanks to the DNA Doe Project and their supporters, investigators have been able to confirm the identity of Lavender Doe as Dana Lynn Dodd, 21, of Jacksonville, Florida.
Joseph Wayne Burnette, 41, of Longview, was arrested and charged with the murders of Dodd and Felisha Pearson, as well as failing to register as as sex offender. His remains in the Gregg County Jail on $2.5 million bond.