DNA no help with last unidentified Ike victim

January 6, 2011 10:08:17 AM PST
DNA has failed to unlock the identity of a web-footed woman believed by investigators to be the last unidentified drowning victim of 2008's Hurricane Ike. The Galveston County Daily News reported Thursday that a DNA sample from a California inmate, whose name was not released, did not match.

The sheriff's office checked a report from a former resident who thought the unidentified woman might have been a friend, with a son in prison.

Ike made landfall Sept. 13, 2008. The woman's body was found 16 days later on Pelican Island.

Sheriff's spokesman John Florence says her left foot is webbed between the second and third toes. She's about 5 feet tall and wore gray beads on her left ankle.

Ike is blamed for more than three dozen deaths.