The authorities have not released that information (as far as I can tell), however, there were implications in the indictment that the discovery of Jonelle’s remains played an integral role in identifying Steve Pankey as her killer.

So, from this I gather DNA might have been what tied him to the case (it really makes the only logical sense since they were able to solve the murder right after finding Jonelle’s remains), but again, it hasn’t been explicitly stated.

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