Authorities tentatively identify frozen body of woman found in 2001 on Roan Mountain

From Staff Reports

   Investigators have tentatively identified the body of an elderly woman whose remains were found frozen near the top of Roan Mountain more than a year ago.
   The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation believes the victim who was found in the summer of 2001 to be the remains of 88-year-old Myrtle McFall.
   Law enforcement officials are still awaiting positive identification by means of medical records, but believe based on photographs of McFall that it was her body that was found.
   The body was found in August of 2001 by a hiker near Carvers Gap in the Cherokee National Forest, about a mile from the Tennessee line. Investigators at that time said the body had been frozen, possibly in a large household freezer, then left near a small parking area.
   According to the Associated Press, the victim's identity had remained a mystery until the TBI received a recent query from the Wise County, Va., Sheriff's Department on behalf of a family who had reported an elderly female relative missing.
   The family of McFall turned over the woman's medical records to investigators who then sent them to be compared with autopsy reports done when the body was discovered. Investigators are now waiting on a report to confirm if the body found was that of McFall.