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Police: Woman produced documents showing she is not Alexis Patterson

Posted: 11:19 AM, Jul 11, 2016
Updated: 2016-07-11 18:10:46-04
Police: Docs show woman is not Alexis Patterson

BRYAN, OHIO -- The woman who provided a DNA sample in connection with the search for Alexis Patterson has produced documents that would indicate she is not the missing Milwaukee girl, according to Ohio law enforcement.

Capt. Chris Chapa of the Bryan, Ohio police department said Monday the woman showed officers a visa, a passport and divorce documents which all establish her identity.

The woman, whom TODAY'S TMJ4 is not identifying, provided DNA last week to investigators from Milwaukee. They were looking into a tip she could be the Milwaukee girl who vanished in 2002 at 7 years old.

Chapa said while the investigation belongs to Milwaukee Police, his officers felt compelled to ask questions about the woman's identity.

Since she produced the appropriate documents, they have no further reason to question who she is until they hear more from authorities in Milwaukee.

"We are waiting on the DNA," he said.

Detectives from the Milwaukee Police Department and members of the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office have all been in Bryan over the last two weeks, according to Chapa.

There is at least one DNA test underway to see if the woman from Bryan could be Alexis Patterson.

The woman told TODAY'S TMJ4 Saturday she is angry and agitated by the attention, but feels sorry for the Patterson family.

From her front porch, the woman insisted to a reporter she is not Alexis Patterson.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.