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Coroner Reveals Image of Woman Found in Glendale
The Hamilton County Coroner reveals the image of a woman whose remains were found in Glendale in 2009. She was a just skeleton -- but with the help of science, and a college project, the woman now has a face.
And as Local 12's Deborah Dixon tells us, it can be seen by anyone in the country.
The bones of the 40 to 60 year old woman were found in the brush east of Sharon Road four years ago. There were tattered clothes and two rings that might have meant something to her in life. "Very few causes of death leave evidence in skeleton. We could only work with remains left, there were no organs to determine cause of death. I estimated she was there quite awhile. I wouldn't rule out 2008 but maybe as long ago as 2000."
A team of students at Mount Saint Joseph work with forensic scientist Doctor Murray to identify six unidentified dead in Hamilton County. They viewed the woman's remains in may when the skull was sent to a forensic artist. She created this image of what the woman might have looked like alive.
Tissue depth markers on the skull were covered with clay, then facial lines photoshopped. The same students found her partial plate when they went back to the scene looking for more bones. "Dental work is not free, its not cheap. At some point she had the means to have proper dental care. What happened to her afterward no one knows."
You can see the new image right now on the Namus website, which is the Justice Department data base that matches unidentified dead with missing person reports across the country. "There are 103,000 or more."
More than a thousand missings in NAMUS could match this woman. Student Meghann Black will compare them. The new image helps. "If missing person profile has a picture, I can compare it with the one made."
The information about the partial plate students found is also in NAMUS. "Finding a denture is a nice surprise. We never expected to find something like that. I'm hoping someone says that looks familiar and contacts us and identifies her."