Police Continue Effort to Identify Human Remains
Thu, 30 Nov 2017 16:21:18 EST
Investigators from the Michigan State Police (MSP) Alpena Post and Alcona County Sheriff’s Office continue to seek information to help identify human remains found in Alcona County 23 years ago.
In October 1994, a bow hunter discovered the remains while walking in a wooded area off Bamfield Road, between Curtisville and Alcona Dam. They may have been there up to four years before being discovered.
After recovery by police, assisted by the State Police crime lab, Michigan State University anthropologists studied the remains.
The remains belong to a female between 30 and 50 years old, between 4-foot 7 and 5-foot 6 feet tall (4’ 7” - 5’ 6”), and likely of European or Caucasian ancestry. Evidence of a skull fracture suggests she may have experienced trauma at, or around the time of her death.
As technology advanced, so has the investigation. A DNA sample was collected and a full DNA profile has been uploaded to the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) database. A case profile has been posted on the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) database.
To help promote tips, several artistic renderings by forensic artists have been released. They and other information regarding this story can be found on our news page at WATZ dot com.
Anyone who may have any information is asked to contact State Police in Alpena or the Alcona County Sheriff's Office.
On the web:
National Case Profile - CLICK HERE
First image (left) - Two-dimensional sketch completed by a MSP forensic artist. This was drawn in graphite and used anthropological landmarks on the skull to give a glimpse of what the woman may have looked like when alive.
Second image (right) - 3D clay model of the skull completed by a FBI forensic artist. This technique is much like the two-dimensional approach, but uses clay applied to the cast skull.
Third image (bottom) - Digital rendering completed by a forensic artist from Louisiana State University’s Missing Persons Molecular and Medical Genetics Department. This technique was aided by a 3D scan of the skull.