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Body found in Idaho cave identified as outlaw

Idaho officials say a dismembered body found in a cave more than 40 years ago has been identified, thanks to genetic genealogy.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the body belonged to Joseph Henry Loveless, an outlaw and a murderer who was killed after escaping jail in 1916, the DNA Doe Project announced Tuesday.

Loveless was born in 1870 in Payson, Utah Territory, to parents who belonged to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He had one child with his first wife, Harriett Jane “Hattie” Savage, who divorced him in 1904. He had four children with his second wife, Agnes Octavia Caldwell. 

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He was arrested for bootlegging in 1913 and again in 1914 when “he made one of his many escapes by sawing through the jail bars,” Lee Bingham Redgrave of the DNA Doe Projec said at a news conference Tuesday.