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589UFCO - Unidentified Female

Artistic renderings of the decedent

Date of Discovery: August 10, 1999
Location of Discovery: 3 miles northwest of Walsenburg, Huerfano County, Colorado
Estimated Date of Death: 1997 to 1999
State of Remains: Not recognizable - Near complete or complete skeleton
Cause of Death: Homicide by blunt force trauma to the right side of the head.

Physical Description

Estimated Age: 35-45 years old
Race: Unsure; possibly White/Hispanic or Native.
Gender: Female
Height: 5'9" to 6'0"
Weight: 135-145 lbs.
Hair Color: Brown, shoulder-length, well-cared for.
Eye Color: Unknown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: She was very tall according to a forensic anthropologist. Analysis showed evidence that she might have been pregnant at least one time. She had one healed broken left rib.


Dentals: Available. Extensive dental work.
Fingerprints: Not Available
DNA: Available

Clothing & Personal Items

Clothing: Light-colored Bansforner sleeveless crop top T-shirt (size medium), Wrangler blue jeans with the cuffs rolled up two times (approximately 5 inches) (size 34x34), maroon or red Bonjour sports bra (size extra large - approximately 36C or D), red men's thermal long underwear bottoms with a Winston cigarette logo on the back of left side (size approximately 28x22), red or pink or white or tan knee high athletic socks, and black or dark brown sandals with leather straps and double buckles - one above ankle and one below - with rubber soles and suede leather foot pads (approximately size 9 or 10, made in Italy). No belt or underwear were located.
Jewelry: A small copper or rust-colored bracelet with a single letter "C" on the front.
Additional Personal Items: Small metal clip on left side belt loop (similar to a small money clip), not extremely faded, in good condition.

Circumstances of Discovery

A man discovered the victim's skeletal remains located in an old, abandoned refrigerator in a secluded rural area on Road 610, 3.5 miles off of Exit 56 (Red Rocks Road), 3 miles northwest of Walsenburg, in the general vicinity of I-25.

The discovery came about when the Huerfano County Sheriff's Office received a letter dated August 10, 1999, from a man in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In the letter he stated that he came upon the remains while walking through the area three weeks before. A deputy was then dispatched to the scene.

The man indicated that he found a refrigerator lying on its side with the door partly open with what appeared to be skeletal remains. After further investigation, law enforcement located a scapula and jaw as well as additional bone fragments within 100 feet of the refrigerator. The trash in the refrigerator was dated 1988-1992.

The refrigerator was a Philco brand, model unknown, but possibly a 1940s to 1960s model. It had a lever handle and was a single door unit.

Investigating Agency(s)

Agency Name: Huerfano County Coroner's Office
Agency Contact Person: Melissa Gregory
Agency Phone Number: 719-738-2425
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: 99028

Agency Name: Huerfano County Sheriff's Office
Agency Contact Person: N/A
Agency Phone Number: 719-738-1600
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: HS030399

NCIC Case Number: Unknown
NamUs Case Number: 12447

Information Source(s)

Colorado Bureau of Investigation
Huerfano County Coroner's Office

Admin Notes

Added: 9/23/07; Last Updated: 6/19/16

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