Facial reconstruction made from skeletal remains found in Newport News

The FBI was contacted and was able to complete a facial reconstruction.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — She’s been a faceless statistic, until now. Local detectives hope you can help them identify a woman found dead last year, and they have a tool to help.

Back on June 6, 2014, inmates cutting grass found human remains near the 1000 block of 25th Street. Police say there was no identification found at the scene and the body was too badly decomposed to identify.

Nearly one year later, they’re still trying to figure out who she was and what may have led to her death.

Newport News Police Detective Bill Gordon said the Norfolk Medical Examiner’s Office worked with the FBI to create a three-dimensional bust to show the public what the woman may have looked like.

“It is impressive. To me, it’s better than something on a sketch,” Gordon said. “It gives you almost a [life-like] representation of what a person possibly looked like.”

Police say the medical examiner determined the remains had been there for at least a month, and that they were that of a white or mixed ancestry female, between 25 and 40 years of age, and between 5-foot-1 and 5-foot-7.

Gordon said the woman’s body did not show any signs of trauma, but his investigation into her death can’t move forward until he finds out more about her.

“Hopefully someone in the community may recognize or realize, ‘Hey, this is a neighbor or an aunt,’ or someone might come forward and provide a name,” he said.

If you have any information about this crime, please call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP℠.

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