05-25-2008, 04:58 PM #1
Sacramento Co Sheriffs needs your help to identify Jane DoeOn March 29, 2008, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of skeletal remains that had been found in the 17000 block of Tyler Island Road. Deputies arrived and were led to the remains by a man who told them he had been fishing on the levee and stumbled across the bones hidden by dense brush. Sheriff’s Homicide Detectives and Sacramento County Coroner’s Deputies were called to the scene and were able to determine the remains were those of a human adult female.
Detectives Seek Public’s Help In Identifying Remains
As a result of their examination of the remains the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office believes the person was most likely the victim of homicide and they further believe the remains of the 5’1” to 5’8” Caucasian or Hispanic female had been at the location for up to four years. However, neither Sheriff’s Homicide Detectives nor the Coroner’s Office have been able to identify the victim.
In an effort to identify the remains, Investigators are releasing photographs of three distinctive items of jewelry and clothing the victim was wearing. The first photograph shows a beaded necklace with a tarnished crouching frog. The second photograph shows a dark blue pull-over hooded sweatshirt with the words “DELTA FIRE CREW” and two crossed fireman’s axes with the number “5” on the left chest area. The third photograph shows a light-colored zippered “Grateful Dead” jacket with a multi-colored “Grateful Dead” design band around the collar and the waist area.
Anyone who recognizes any of the items in the photographs, or has any information regarding the identity of this victim is urged to call the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department at (916) 874-5115, or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00.
Sergeant Tim Curran,
Beaded necklace with a tarnished crouching frog
Dark blue pull-over hooded sweatshirt
Light-colored zippered “Grateful Dead” jackethttp://www.sacsheriff.com/media/0515_identify_remains.cfm
05-25-2008, 04:58 PM #2
May 15, 2008
Clothing could be clues to woman's ID
A beaded necklace with a tarnished frog pendant was found with the woman's remains. Homicide detectives are seeking the public's help in identifying her. Sacramento County Sheriff's Department /
Scott Swisher is investigating the slaying of a woman whose name he doesn't know.
The Sacramento sheriff's homicide detective is on the case of an unidentified woman whose decomposed remains were found in a patch of thick bushes in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
Investigators believe it had been nearly four years between the day she was dumped in the secluded spot and the afternoon in March when a fisherman found her bones.
The only information detectives have in the case comes from items found on the remains: a beaded necklace with a frog pendant, a sweat shirt with a "Delta Fire Crew" logo and a Grateful Dead jacket. Beyond that, the best investigators have come up with is that she was either white or Latino and stood between 5 feet 1 inch and 5 feet 8 inches tall.
Detectives immediately wondered if she was the victim of a homicide. It did not appear that she was homeless and had died of natural causes in her camp. Investigators were suspicious because her body was found under a box spring.
None of this analysis, however, has helped detectives come up with a name – now the most vital piece of information missing from their case.
"We're kind of at the point where we need to know who this person is before we can go any further," Swisher said.
This case is a rarity, authorities said.
Swisher said no one in the sheriff's homicide unit remembers handling an investigation in which the victim's identity was unknown.
In the past decade there's only been one similar case in Sacramento County: remains found in May 2003 near the American River in Sacramento. To this day, the victim in that case is identified in coroner's records only as "white leg unidentified."
Few homicide investigations come with a suspect holding a smoking gun, but detectives normally are able to build a case from the victim's name.
This investigation has been more of an archaeological study, Swisher said, a process that began with the delicate examination of the victim's remains and the area where she was found. "We need that victim profile so we can find out what kind of activity she was doing, how she was living her life and try to find out a reason why somebody would want to murder her," he said.
It began when the fisherman stumbled onto a box spring on Tyler Island Road on March 29. As he was going to the bathroom, he noticed bones sticking out from under the box spring and called authorities.
Detectives and coroner's investigators arrived on the scene as darkness fell. The coroner confirmed the bones were human.
Investigators began cutting away the weeds between the body and a nearby levee – "like taking layers of skin off," Swisher said – photographing every step. They collected the remains and sent them to a forensic anthropologist.
No cause of death has been determined, but investigators believe the woman died during the summer of 2004, based on the height of willow trees that grew under the box spring, Swisher said.
Swisher said she may have lived in the region because her sweat shirt has the printed Delta Fire logo, along with two crossed firefighter's axes and the number 5. There is a River Delta Fire District that serves the Isleton-Rio Vista area, but investigators aren't sure there's a connection.
It's possible that DNA taken from the remains will match a missing persons file, but Swisher said it is more likely someone will recognize the distinctive items found on the woman's body.
"Hopefully someone will recognize them and even if that person is not related to her, it will be enough to jog someone's memory," he said. "I believe there is somebody out there who doesn't know where their loved one is and is trying to find them."
Anyone with information on the woman is asked to call the Sheriff's Department at (916) 874-5115 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.
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