Ohio woman who gave DNA sample insists she is not Alexis Patterson

Woman speaks with TODAY'S TMJ4 in Ohio
Posted at 8:27 PM, Jul 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-10 16:38:59-04

The woman who provided a DNA sample to police in connection with the disappearance of Alexis Patterson said late Saturday she is not the missing girl.

The woman, who TODAY’S TMJ4 is not identifying, is angry and agitated by the attention, but says she feels sorry for the Patterson family. 

From her front porch, the woman insisted she is not the 7-year-old girl who vanished from Milwaukee in 2002.

Milwaukee Police said Friday that detectives were obtaining a DNA sample from a woman in Ohio. 

Detectives received a tip from a man here who believed a woman he knows may be Alexis Patterson.

A Bryan police officer described the case as an active investigation, and said we will know the results of the DNA test within the next several weeks.

Alexis Patterson was last seen walking to Hi-Mount elementary school the morning of May 3, 2002.

Her stepfather told police he walked the 7-year-old girl to school, but teachers said she never made it to class.

Despite intensive police work, detectives have made little progress discovering clues and generating leads in Patterson's disappearance.

TODAY’S TMJ4 spoke with residents who knew Patterson in her old Milwaukee neighborhood.