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LEG IN RUBBLE OF BOMBING IS IDENTIFIED

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A leg found by searchers in the rubble of the Oklahoma City bombing belonged to a woman who had previously been identified, the state medical examiner said Friday.

However, the identity doesn't answer the question of whether there was a 169th victim, Dr. Fred Jordan said.The woman's body will be exhumed to determine whose left leg is buried in her casket, Jordan said.

Jordan said the leg, which was identified through DNA testing and footprints, belonged to Lakesha Levy, who was in the Air Force. He said she was in the Social Security office.

Levy is buried in New Orleans. He said the Air Force notified her family of the information Thursday.

Jordan outlined a series of three mistakes in the identification process.

He said the first occurred when a leg found near the body on April 27 was placed with Levy's body; the second occurred when the physician who examined the body thought Levy's left leg was attached to her body. The third mistake came when the clothing on the body was written down as "one black combat boot left" when it should have been written down as belonging to the right foot.

The leg was found in the rubble of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on May 30, after the bodies of the last known victims of the April 19 bombing had been recovered. But its existence was not made public until August.

The leg was clad in a size 7 1/2 military-style boot, two socks and an olive-drab blousing strap, used to snug the cuffs of fatigues.

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