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1083UFCO - Unidentified Female

Composite drawing of the victim

Date of Discovery: September 30, 1952
Location of Discovery: Blackhawk, Gilpin County, Colorado
Estimated Date of Death: 20 days to a month prior
State of Remains: Not recognizable - Charred partial skeletal parts only
Cause of Death: Homicide

Physical Description

Estimated Age: 25-30 years old
Race: Unknown
Gender: Female
Height: 5'7"
Weight: Unknown
Hair Color: Brown or black
Eye Color: Unknown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown


Dentals: Available. She had a prominent overbite.
Fingerprints: Not Available
DNA: Not Available

Clothing & Personal Items

Clothing: A fragment of a turquoise sequinned blouse, metal rivets of blue jeans, and the sole of one shoe.
Jewelry: Rhinestone necklace and earrings.
Additional Personal Items: A small electric razor, a purse, and an empty lipstick container. Also found near the remains was a manís ring with no setting.

Circumstances of Discovery

The victim's charred remains were found under a seven foot charred log in an unused gravel pit in the woods by a man who was on a hunting trip. The body was found approximately 100 yards from Highway 119 and about 25 feet from Clear Creek.

A three-foot stick with blood on it was found about 20 feet from the recovery site. Additionally, a third earring was located.

An autopsy revealed that the victim had suffered blunt force trauma to her head, but it is unknown if this was the cause of death or if she was still alive when set afire.

Investigating Agency(s)

Agency Name: Gilpin County Coroner's Office
Agency Contact Person: Zane Laubhan
Agency Phone Number: 303-582-3957
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: 14826

NCIC Case Number: Unknown
NamUs Case Number: 14826

Information Source(s)

The Denver Post Cold Cases
Silvia Pettern

Admin Notes

Added: 6/30/14; Last Updated: 9/10/16

Questions or comments? Please contact appropriate member of the Area Team

** Listed information may be estimated.

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