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Case File: 842UFIL

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Unidentified Female

  • Date of Discovery: March 22, 2000
  • Location of Discovery: Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
  • Estimated Date of Death: 3 days prior
  • State of Remains: Not recognizable - Partial remains with soft tissues
  • Cause of Death: Unknown

    Physical Description
    ** Listed information is approximate

  • Estimated Age: 18-48 years old
  • Race: Black or Hispanic
  • Gender: Female
  • Height: 5'6"
  • Weight: Unknown
  • Hair Color: Unknown
  • Eye Color: Unknown

  • Distinguishing Marks/Features: The toenails are short and clean and on the first toenail there is a small amount of residual pink or red nail polish. Tissue sample tested positive for, Benzoylecgonine, ethanol, and cocaine.

  • Dentals: Not Available
  • Fingerprints: Not Available
  • DNA: mtDNA available
    Clothing & Personal Items
  • Clothing: None, however one brown high heeled woman's left shoe (size 7B) was recovered nearby. DNA testing was inconclusive if this shoe was from this Victim.

  • Jewelry: None

  • Additional Personal Items: None

    Case History

    An employee of the Waste Management Trash Recycling Plant, located at 1635 W. Medill Avenue, discovered a human leg protruding from a black plastic trash bag. An extensive search of more than 300 tons of garbage revealed no additional remains.

    Upon subsequent examination it was revealed that the bag contained a right thigh and a right lower leg with the foot attached. The leg had been amputated from the hip and the tissue surrounding the knee was severed and the knee bone dislocated from the leg bone. The amputation wounds appeared very neat with no signs of sawing or secondary incisions. There were ligature marks present on both sections of leg and a brownish colored polypropylene twine apparently used as tourniquets is still present.

    Anthropologic examination performed by Dr. Clyde Snow, assumes the leg and thigh were that of a female black between the ages of 18 and 45. Although his examination could not totally discount that the leg originated from a woman of Hispanic origin. His findings suggest that dismemberment was carried out very skillfully with a fine bladed instrument by a person with some basic anatomical knowledge.

    Investigating Agency(s)
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  • Agency Name: Cook County Medical Examiner's Office
  • Agency Contact Person: Mark Czworniak
  • Agency Phone Number: 312-666-0500 ext 2230
  • E-Mail

  • Agency Case Number: ME: 355 MAR 2000; ViCAP: 2012CPD00003
  • NCIC Case Number: N/A
  • NamUs Case Number: UP #2915

    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Information Source(s)
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