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Case File: 29UFOR

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2-D re-approximation; thin face 2-D re-approximation; thicker face 2-D re-approximation; thicker face; different hairstyle NO IMAGE
2-D Re-approximation; Reconstruction of victim by Sandra Mays; View victim's cranial scar here

Unidentified Female

  • Date of Discovery: September 1, 1996
  • Location of Discovery: Salem, Polk County, Oregon
  • Estimated Date of Death: 1 to 8 years prior
  • State of Remains: Not recognizable - Partial remains with soft tissues
  • Cause of Death: Unknown
  • Physical Description
    ** Listed information is approximate

  • Estimated Age: 45-70 years old
  • Race: White with possible Afro-American genetic admixture.
  • Gender: Female
  • Height: 5'3"
  • Weight: Unknown
  • Hair Color: Black, graying of medium length.
  • Eye Color: Unknown
  • Distinguishing Marks/Features: Slight build. She had a crescent-shaped healed cranial scar on her forehead, indicating she had been the subject of a successful past right-sided approached bi-frontal craniotomy. This surgery would NOT have left a scar on the skin of her forehead, although the healed crescent shape may have been seen through the skin as an indentation or depression. The surgery was possibly performed in the 1960's. Update 07/07/14: CT scan by neurologist indicated that the excision was only partial thickness and did not perforate the inner sinus wall of the frontal bone. She was beginning to suffer arthritis in her lower spine.
  • Dentals: Available. Most probably had a complete set of upper dentures due to the characteristics of her palate.
  • Fingerprints: Not available.
  • DNA: mtDNA & nucDNA available at UNT. mtDNA and partial STRs uploaded to NDIS.
  • Clothing & Personal Items
  • Clothing: None.
  • Jewelry: None.
  • Additional Personal Items: Unknown
  • Case History

    Three hunters found the victim's skeletal remains off Mill Creek Road, a logging road about 22 miles west of Salem.

    The body was originally wrapped in a blue tarp tied with a light-colored rope and covered with sticks. By the time the hunters came across the skull in a clearing, the bones had been widely scattered by coyotes.

    Investigators recovered 97 percent of the skeleton. They also found strands of medium-length black-gray hair along a path from the logging road - an indication that the woman had been dragged about 75 yards.

    The bones revealed no signs of trauma or gunshot wounds.

    Investigating Agency(s)
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  • Agency Name: Polk County Sheriff's Department
  • Agency Contact Person: Detective John Williams
  • Agency Phone Number: 503-623-9252; Fax Number: 503-623-2060
  • E-Mail

  • Agency Name: Polk County Medical Examiner's Office
  • Agency Contact Person: Dr. Veronica Vance
  • Agency Phone Number: 971-673-8220 or 971-673-8220
  • E-Mail


  • Agency Case Number: LE: 96-7115 - PCSO; 14-14513 - CCSO
  • NCIC Case Number: N/A
  • NamUs Case Number: UP #9457
  • Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Information Source(s)
  • NamUs
  • The Statesman Journal News Archive

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    Added: 8/8/13; Last Updated: 6/17/15 - By: DD / Unidentified Persons Coordinator

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