CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WRIC) — Chesterfield Police have identified the remains of a homicide victim from 1986.
The remains were discovered by workers unloading trash into a Chesterfield landfill, police said. An initial investigation revealed the manner of death was homicide.
“Additional forensic testing by DNA Labs International confirmed the recovered remains are those of Christy Lynn Floyd, who was 16 years old and lived in the 2300 block of West Grace Street in Richmond at the time of her disappearance,” Chesterfield Police said in a release today.
Chesterfield detectives worked with Parabon NanoLabs, a DNA technology company in Reston, to complete a “Snapshot” of what the woman may have looked like using DNA phenotyping. The “Snapshot” made predictions on the woman’s ancestry, eye color, hair color, skin color, freckling, and face shape, authorities said.
A tip from retired Richmond Police detective, Mark Williams, led Chesterfield Detective Chris Humphries to the Atkins family.
“He said you need to find this family, their last name is Atkins. They have a sister that went missing in the ’80s,” Humphries said.
Investigators are now working to identify the man seen in the photo below with Floyd. According to authorities, the man in the photo is not a suspect or person of interest at this time. Police believe, however, that he may be able to shed some light on what transpired before her death.
“My sister didn’t deserve to be put in the garbage,” said Kim Atkins. “I asked God. God, please before I leave this world, just let me know what happened to her.”
According to Floyd’s family, she was sweet and loved music and dance. Floyd played on the basketball team at Lexington High School in Virginia. Floyd and her sister were also known to frequent The Fan area.
Atkins says she was heartbroken to learn what happened. According to Atkins, Floyd ran away with a boy the night before she disappeared. Floyd returned home the next day for 30 minutes. Atkins left the house to get food. When she returned, her sister was gone.
“When I came back my mom was asleep on the sofa. The back door was wide open. The alley door was wide open and I never saw her again,” Atkins added.
Atkins searched for her sister for 34 years. She submitted her disappearance to ‘America’s Most Wanted,’ made flyers and even put her photo on milk cartons.
“Every Christmas and every Thanksgiving she’s waiting on the knock on the door from my sister,” said Donald Floyd, Christy’s brother, who has had to watch his family suffer for years.
Anyone with information should contact the Chesterfield County Unsolved/Major Investigations Group at 804-717-6024.