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Case File: 350UFNC

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Artistic rendering of the victim

Unidentified Female

  • Date of Discovery: July 24, 1997
  • Location of Discovery: Lake Norman, Catawba County, North Carolina
  • Estimated Date of Death: July 15-21, 1997
  • State of Remains: Not recognizable - Decomposing/putrefaction
  • Cause of Death: Unknown
  • Physical Description
    ** Listed information is approximate

  • Estimated Age: 30-50 years old
  • Race: Asian
  • Gender: Female
  • Height: 5'3"
  • Weight: 80 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Dark, straight with gray with white striped elastic hairband.
  • Eye Color: Unknown
  • Distinguishing Marks/Features: Her ears were pierced three times. No tattoos or obvious scars were noted. Negative toxicology results.
  • Dentals: Available. Teeth 1, 16, 18, 32 are missing. Teeth 3, 15, 30 have restorations.
  • Fingerprints: Available. Prints might be on file with the NC SBI.
  • DNA: mtDNA and nucDNA available. Full STR and partial mtDNA uploaded to the national CODIS. Head, chest, and abdominal x-rays are available.
  • Clothing & Personal Items
  • Clothing: Unknown
  • Jewelry: Gold necklace with pearls on it.
  • Additional Personal Items: Unknown
  • Case History

    A boater spotted the victim's body in a cove a half-mile north of the N.C. 150 bridge in Lake Norman near the Catawba-Iredell county line.

    Investigating Agency(s)
    If you have any information about this case please contact;

  • Agency Name: Catawba County Sheriff's Office
  • Agency Contact Person: Sgt. Joel Fish
  • Agency Phone Number: 828-465-8345
  • E-Mail
  • Agency Name: North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
  • Agency Contact Person: Clyde Gibbs
  • Agency Phone Number: 800-672-7042
  • E-Mail

  • Agency Case Number: LE: 1997-02338; ME: 97-5002
  • NCIC Case Number: U048657871
  • NamUs Case Number: UP #2818
  • Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Information Source(s)
  • NamUs
  • Catawba County Sheriff's Department
  • The News & Record Archive
  • The Charlotte Observer News Archive

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