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431UFMD - Unidentified Female

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Reconstructions of the victim by Sgt. Don Stahl and Judy Reimer, previous renderings; footlocker containing remains.

Date of Discovery: August 24, 1982
Location of Discovery: Frederick, Frederick County, Maryland
Estimated Date of Death: 1972-1982 (most likely 3+ years prior)
State of Remains: Not recognizable - Decomposing/putrefaction
Cause of Death: Homicide

Physical Description

Estimated Age: 17-45 years old (Most likely 18-25)
Race: White
Sex: Female
Height: 5'2' to 5'6"
Weight: 100 to 130 lbs.
Hair Color: Brown to reddish brown and medium length.
Eye Color: Unknown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Previous back injury, spondylolysis present. Possible dancer, gymnast due to heavy wear on pelvis.


Dentals: Available. Extensive dental procedures, some of which are consistent with those performed by dental students. Including two crowns on left front teeth, a root canal and numerous fillings. She had one gold-filled tooth on the right upper side and several silver fillings.
Fingerprints: Not available.
DNA: Not available.

Clothing & Personal Items

Clothing: Unknown
Jewelry: Unknown
Additional Personal Items: Dark colored towel.

Circumstances of Discovery

The victim was located in a steamer trunk (footlocker) located just off a roadway in Gambrills State Park, in Frederick, Maryland on August 24, 1982. The trunk had leaves and sticks scattered over it but it was not hidden.

She is known as "Woman in the Trunk" or "Cheerleader in the Trunk" by investigators.

Investigating Agency(s)

Agency Name: Maryland Chief Medical Examiner
Agency Contact Person: Joe Mullin
Agency Phone Number: 410-333-3225 or 410-333-3271
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: 82-01607

Agency Name: Frederick Police Department
Agency Contact Person: Lt. Tom Chase
Agency Phone Number: 301-694-2125 or 301-694-2100
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: 1982-12633

NCIC Case Number: U759825015
NamUs Case Number: 7477

Information Source(s)

City of Frederick
Daily Mail
Hellbeasts - A Blog About Crime and Injustice
WUSA9 (archived)
NCMEC (archived)
Frederick News Post (1/83 & 9/82)
Washington Post (1/03 ) News (5/11/05)
The New Detectives

Admin Notes

Added: Prior to 2006; Last Updated: 1/4/18

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

** Listed information may be estimated.

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