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Case File: 854UFIL

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Unidentified Female

  • Date of Discovery: May 13, 1997
  • Location of Discovery: Rockdale, Will County, Illinois
  • Estimated Date of Death: 1990 to 1997
  • State of Remains: Not recognizable - Partial skeletal parts only
  • Cause of Death: Unknown
  • Physical Description
    ** Listed information is approximate

  • Estimated Age: 15-24 years old
  • Race: Black
  • Gender: Female
  • Height: 5'4" to 5'6"
  • Weight: Unknown
  • Hair Color: Unknown
  • Eye Color: Unknown
  • Distinguishing Marks/Features: A smooth walled sesion is present on the articular facet of the head of one of the left ribs. A lesion produced by Schmorl's node is present on the superior aspect of the centrum of one lumbar vertebra, ossified flavan lingaments are present on the same element. Arthritic changes may have been present in this person's back.
  • Dentals: X-rays are available. Distal to tooth #31 is an uninterrupted #32 (wisdom tooth). No dental work on existing teeth. Radiographs available at University of North Texas. Additional dental work pending. Upper mandible and teeth not available. Of the lower teeth only #31 through #27 were located.
  • Fingerprints: Not available.
  • DNA: mtDNA available. Entered into CODIS and Texas SDIS (Ref #09-0836).
  • Clothing & Personal Items
  • Clothing: None noted.
  • Jewelry: None noted.
  • Additional Personal Items: None noted.
  • Case History

    On May 13, 1997, parts of a skeleton were found in a rubbish pile at various levels indicating the skeleton was deposited along with the rubble from a building demolished nearby in Joliet, Illinois. The demolished building had been an abandoned factory frequented by homeless people for several years before the demolition.

    Investigating Agency(s)
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  • Agency Name: Will County Coroner's Office (IL)
  • Agency Contact Person: Gene Sullivan
  • Agency Phone Number: 815-727-8455
  • E-Mail

  • Agency Case Number: UN 97-01
  • NCIC Case Number: U026817635
  • NamUs Case Number: MP/UP #5206
  • Former Hot Case Number: 1777
  • Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Information Source(s)
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