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MD TRUNK LADY: WF, 17-45, found in trunk in Frederick County, MD - 24 August 1982

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  1. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

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    Trunk Lady 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. Investigators don't know how she died, where she died, or who she is. The bones were found in an area known as the Frederick Municipal Forest. Back in 1982, it was known as the Frederick City Watershed because all the water that falls in the mountains drains into the city's reservoir. In the heat of the summer in August, a man and a woman were up there looking for mushrooms and they made the horrible discovery. Forensic dentists have produced a dental chart that indicates she had work done at a dental school. Investigators do not believe she is from the Frederick area.

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    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Thanks Akoya! I've not seen her case before!
     
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    Akoya Bronze Member

    https://identifyus.org/en/cases/7477

    Case Information
    Status Unidentified
    Case number 82-01607
    Date found August 24, 1982 12:38
    Date created July 29, 2010 11:39
    Date last modified March 17, 2015 11:20
    Investigating agency
    date QA reviewed July 30, 2010 05:16

    Local Contact (ME/C or Other)
    Agency MD Ofc of Chief St Med Examiner
    Phone 410-333-3225
    Case Manager
    Name Charlotte Noranbrock
    Phone 410-333-3254

    Exclusions
    The following people have been ruled out as being this decedent:
    First Name Last Name Year of Birth State LKA
    Katherine Anderson 1954 Maryland
    Maureen Baca 1950 California
    Marie Blee 1964 Colorado
    Susan Cappel 1962 Ohio
    Valarie Cuccia 1953 New York
    Kathleen Durst 1952 New York
    Sherry Eyerly 1963 Oregon
    Rachael Garden 1964 New Hampshire
    Gina Hall 1962 Virginia
    Anne Manchester 1954 Delaware
    Judith ODonnell 1961 New York
    Betty Roberts 1930 Maryland
    Jeanne Scrima 1935 New York
    Nancy Snow 1936 Maryland
    Emma Vaughn 1967 Florida
     
  4. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    https://identifyus.org/en/cases/7477

    NamUs UP # 7477
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    ME/C Case Number: 82-01607
    Frederick County, Maryland
    17 to 45 year old White Female

    Case Report - NamUs UP # 7477
    Case Information

    Status Unidentified
    Case number 82-01607
    Date found August 24, 1982 12:38
    Date created July 29, 2010 11:39
    Date last modified March 17, 2015 11:20
    Investigating agency
    date QA reviewed July 30, 2010 05:16

    Local Contact (ME/C or Other)
    Agency MD Ofc of Chief St Med Examiner
    Phone 410-333-3225
    Case Manager
    Name Charlotte Noranbrock
    Phone 410-333-3254

    Demographics
    Estimated age Adult - Pre 50
    Minimum age 17 years
    Maximum age 45 years
    Race White
    Ethnicity
    Sex Female
    Weight (pounds) , Cannot Estimate
    Height (inches) 64, Estimated
    Body Parts Inventory (Check all that apply)
    All parts recovered

    Probable year of death 1972 to 1982
    Estimated postmortem interval 3 Years

    Circumstances
    Location Found
    GPS coordinates
    Address 1 Fork Road
    Address 2 Watershed property
    City Frederick
    State Maryland
    Zip code
    County Frederick
    Circumstances
    Subject found in trunk in a wooded area at a state park. The body may have been at that location for three (3) or more years.

    Physical
    Hair color Brown
    Head hair
    medium length
    Body hair
    Reddish Brown Pubic Hair

    Other distinctive
    physical characteristics
    Spondylolysis

    Fingerprints
    Status: Fingerprint information is currently not available

    Other items found
    with body
    Dark colored towel

    Dental
    Status: Dental information / charting is available and entered

    DNA
    Status: Sample is currently not available
     
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  5. Akoya

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  6. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    Daily Mail
    Two hikers spotted a steamer trunk containing a decomposing body while picking mushrooms in Frederick County.

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  7. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://www.your4state.com/news/news/frederick-police-reopen-woman-in-the-trunk-cold-case

    Frederick Police Reopen 'Woman in the Trunk' Cold Case
    Published 02/14 2012 07:08PM
    Updated 02/14 2012 07:39PM

    FREDERICK, MD - Police in Frederick have reopened an almost 30-year-old cold case. The challenge? They never identified the victim who was found badly decomposed in a trunk. Now a new generation of detectives hopes to bring some justice to "Jane Doe".

    Two hikers made a gruesome discovery at the Frederick City Watershed almost 30 years ago. They stumbled upon a steamer trunk and found a skeletonized body inside.

    In 1982, detectives determined the victim was a white woman in her late teens to early 20's, about 5'4 with a medium build. She's never been identified and is known as "The woman in the trunk".

    However, now police are hard at work, breathing new life into the cold case.

    "Even though they may be considered cold by society's standards, they're not cold for our standards," says Lt. Clark Pennington of the Frederick City Police.

    An artist drew a sketch in the 1980's, but now a different artist will make a digital one.

    "I've contacted the old artist. I've contacted the old detectives, just trying to update and if it there's something they missed," says Curt Lege, a Frederick City Police detective.

    Police also entered her teeth into an online database and are reexamining stacks of her case files. They believe her teeth may crack the case because of the amount of dental work. Police think she may have been a dancer or gymnast due to some wear on her hipbones.

    "The hope first off is closure for the family. This woman has to be missed by somebody, so somebody is out there looking for her. This victim has a family, so we want to fully investigate this crime, identify who she is, and be able to provide some closure for the family," says Lt. Pennington.

    "That's what we're hoping that we do and we give somebody that hope and they come forward and give us the information that'll hopefully identify this person," says Lege.

    Police hope a fresh set of eyes will help them solve the case of the "woman in the trunk" found almost three decades ago.

    The new sketch is expected to be completed within a month. This case has appeared on several national forensic science shows, such as "The New Detectives" and "Final Justice".
     
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  8. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://unidentified.wikia.com/wiki/Cheerleader_in_the_Trunk

    Cheerleader in the Trunk
    Cheerleader in the Trunk, also referred to as Woman in the Trunk and Lady in the Trunk, was a woman found dead in a footlocker in 1982 in Maryland. Her case has been featured on Nancy Grace and The New Detectives.

    Cheerleader in the Trunk

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    Sex Female
    Race White
    Location Frederick County, Maryland
    Found August 24, 1982
    Unidentified for 34 years
    Postmortem interval Months
    Body condition Skeletal
    Age approximation 17 - 45
    Height approximation 5'2 - 5'6
    Weight approximation 100 - 130 pounds
    Cause of death Homicide

    Not to be confused with the Woman in the Trunk.

    Cheerleader in the Trunk, also referred to as Woman in the Trunk and Lady in the Trunk, was a woman found dead in a footlocker in 1982 in Maryland. Her case has been featured on Nancy Grace and The New Detectives.

    Physical characteristics Edit
    • She had wear on her bones, especially her hips, indicating she was active in gymnastics or other sports.
    • She had extensive dental work.
    • She had brown hair.
    • Decomposition prevented analysis of eye color.
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  10. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://www.officialcoldcaseinvestigations.com/showthread.php?14717-THE-TRUNK-LADY

    THE TRUNK LADY
    http://doenetwork.org/cases/431ufmd.html

    Unidentified White Female
    The victim was discovered on August 24, 1982 in Frederick, Frederick County, Maryland
    Estimated Date of Death:

    Spring 1982Decomposed (skeletal) Remains

    Vital Statistics
    • Estimated age: 17-25 years old
    • Approximate Height and Weight: 5'2"-5'4"; 100-130 lbs.
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: Medium length brown hair. Previous back injury. Possible dancer, gymnast.
    • Dentals: Available. The decedent had undergone 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.

    Case History
    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.

    Investigators
    If you have any information about this case please contact:
    Frederick Police Department
    Det. G. C. LEGE
    301-600-2100 and 301-600-3918.
    You may remain anonymous when submitting information.
    Agency Case Number: 1982-12633

    NCMEC #: USMD82cr12633
    NCIC Number:
    NIC # U759825015
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.
    Source Information:
    Frederick News Post 1/83 & 9/82
    Washington Post 1/03
    nbc4.com News 5/11/05
    NCMEC
     
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  11. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://www.officialcoldcaseinvestigations.com/showthread.php?14717-THE-TRUNK-LADY

    The News
    Friday, September 24, 1982
    POLICE RELEASE SKETCH ON WOMAN FOUND IN TRUNK
    An artist's sketch has given Frederick City Police new hope of identifying the decomposed body discovered last month on the Frederick City watershed.
    Inspector Paul W. Mossburg said his office had received only six inquiries from persons seeking relatives or friends. Police are checking more than the names provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
    On Tuesday, August 24, a couple hunting mushrooms found a nearly new trunk about thirty feet from a dirt road in the heavily wooded area northwest of Frederick. The trunk had leaves and sticks scattered over it but was not hidden.
    The couple opened the trunk and discovered a body so badly decomposed that the sex could not be determined visually.
    The body and trunk were shipped to the medical examiner's morgue in Baltimore where it was determined the victim was a white female, between 30 and 45 years, with brown hair. She stood approximately 5 feet 3 inches tall and apparently had been dead since spring. She had undergone extensive dental work including two crowns on left front upper teeth, a root canal and numerous fillings. She had one gold-filled tooth on the right upper side and several silver fillings.
    Police brought in a Delaware State Trooper, R. J. Wysock, whose specialty is re-creating facial features. Wysock has studied the skeleton and produced a sketch. While only an artist's conception, it could aid police in identifying the victim.
    Police said the woman's remains were located inside a brown steamer trunk which had gold-colored fittings and black rubber hand grips. Police believe the woman possibly was last alive within a 100-mile radius of the watershed.
    The police investigation is being conducted by Inspector Mossburg and Cpl. Robert A. Servacek.
     
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  12. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://www.officialcoldcaseinvestigations.com/showthread.php?14717-THE-TRUNK-LADY

    The Post
    Friday, August 27, 1982
    BODY IDENTIFIED AS WHITE WOMAN


    The decomposed body of an unidentified
    person found in the Frederick
    Watershed on Tuesday, Aug. 24 has been
    identified as that of a white woman with
    brown hair. She was between 30 and 40
    years of age.
    Inspector Paul W. Mossburg of the
    Frederick City Police Department
    reported that the Maryland State
    Medical Examiner's Office in Baltimore
    also discovered that the woman had expensive
    dental work including two gold
    crowns, several silver inlays and root
    canal work.
    The body, which was found in a
    relatively new trunk, has been removed
    to the Smithsonian Forensic Science
    Laboratory for further examination.
    The cause of death has not yet been
    determined.
    Anyone having any information
    should contact the police at 663-6161. Officer
    Robert Servacek is currently investigating
    the case.
     
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  13. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://www.officialcoldcaseinvestigations.com/showthread.php?14717-THE-TRUNK-LADY

    The Frederick Post
    Tuesday, July 5, 1983
    Putting The Pieces Together
    ANTHROPOLOGIST TRYING TO IDENTIFY TRUNK LADY
    There's a woman Larry Angel wants to know more about. He has already learned much about the woman, probably enough to amaze her closest friends and relatives.
    But he has too many open-ended observations without conclusions and gaping holes his nagging curiosity wants filled.
    This isn't a love story, it's a story of an unidentified murder victim and the man who may help police find her killer.
    The victim, known only as Jane Doe, was found last August on Frederick City's watershed. A Myersville couple were scouring the mountain for mushrooms when they stumbled across a brown and gold trunk.
    With a rock, they broke open the lock and found the woman's putrid remains. How long she had been in the trunk is hard to say. Estimates have ranged from six weeks to six months.
    Regardless, heat that built up inside the trunk had decomposed her body beyone recognition.
    When city police could find no clues to her name of origin they sent the remains away for testing. Eventually the skeleton was sent to Dr. J. Lawrence Angel, an anthropologist with the Smithsonian Institution.
    His laboratory is tucked away in the National Museum of Natural History. Even the most wayward museum visitors would find it difficult to reach the long, dark corridors leading to his lab.
    Much of the floor has been set aside for storage of bones, skulls and complete skeletons from archeological digs.
    Though cases holding the catalogued archeological finds clutter the halls, Dr. Angel's laboratory is quite spacious.
    Sitting on one of his huge benches lies a wooden tray with Jane Doe's skeleton.
    He pokes among the tray and reassembles the jaw to the skull. From it's shape alone, he states she was caucasian and "old American", that is, her family had been in this country for at least three generations.
    "It doesn't mean she wasn't born abroad," he quickly adds.
    From casual looks at other bones he says she stood about five-and-a-half feet tall. She was slender-limbed, broad hipped and probably in her 30s.
    That's the cursory stuff, which may fit any number of missing women that police are searching for. A closer look provides revealing details about the woman's life.
    "The broad skull base, and the full, round pelvis says she was probably well nourished. That would mean she came from a middle-class background or she might have been a farm girl", the 68 year old Angel says.
    Then he holds up the bones of the spine, held together with a twine running up the whole where a spinal cord once fed information to the brain.
    "The spine shows alot of stress, suggesting a lot of back-bending," he says, "My guess is she was a high school gymnast or a dancer. She might have worked in a factory where she was always lifting things."
    "At any rate, she probably suffered back trouble," he continues. He goes on to other bones, saying she couldn't have been very muscular.
    Then he points to one of the bones of the heels.
    "The way these bones fit together, she probably wore high heels often," Dr. Angel observes. Then pointing to the bone leading to the small toe, he shows how it must have been injured, maybe fractured, at one time.
    "She probably slipped on the ice, wearing high heels. It happened to my wife and my research assistant," he says.
    Then Dr. Angel goes on to the woman's ribs. Using grey model clay he reconstructs how three ribs would have rested against eachother for some reason, each has a small ridge along the upper surface.
    "I'd like to know what she did to have this," he says, "They don't belong there" his brow stitches, and he looks as frustrated as an expert crossword puzzle fan fumbling over what should be an easy clue.
    The most remarkable feature of the "trunk lady", as Jane Doe has been dubbed in Dr. Ange;'s lab, is her dental work. Nearly all of her teeth show filling and two front teeth have been capped.
    "Anyone with this much dental care should be easily identified," he says.
    "But I don't understand this," he continues, pointing to the two skewed wisdom teeth in the palate.
    "They must have caused her pain and I don't understand why anyone who has seen a dentist this often hasn't had these impacted wisdom teeth removed," he says.
    The teeth may provide the best lead in identifying "the trunk lady," says Cpl. Robert Servacek, the acting chief of the Frederick City Police Criminal Investigation Division.
    X-rays have been sent to dental schools in the area, on the hunch she was seen by student dentists, Servacek says. Police believe the work was done on Jane Doe indicated dental school type work.
    Regrettable, he can find no definite cause of death.
    "The styloid proceses (pointed extensions which hold the jaw in place below the skull) are broken. That suggested strangulation "but they could have broken post-mortem", he observes.
    He paused to run his hand over the gray stubble on his balding head. Then he continues, "The thoracic vertebrae (the bones in the neck holding the head upright) is darker than the rest. That usually means it has been stained with blood. That could also mean strangulation, but then again, it also could have happened after she died."
    To Dr. Angel, an enigma like the trunk lady is more than just helping solve a crime. Ever the scientist, he sees the work as helping himself as well. He has been able to apply the knowledge he gains from the remains of recent deaths to what he has unearthed in archeological digs in Greece and Troy.
    The trunk lady hasn't been Dr. Angel's sole contact with Frederick County. He worked with historians exhuming the graves of the slaves who worked the Catoctin Furnace.
    "It was quite an interesting find," he says, "Their bones showed they were certainly hard workers and they were well-nourished for slaves of the time," Skilled slaves, like the ones who worked iron and steel at the furnace, usually received better provisions than farm-working slaves, he adds.
    His work on recent deaths, subsidiary work, he says, provides a sense of duty.He points to a poster resting beside more trays of bones. In Latin, penciled in gothic script, it says "This is the place where the dead teach the living," a saying Dr. Angel attributes to medieval medical schools.
    "I give each sleleton the respect I would give a fine teacher," he says "There's much we can learn fromn them."
    As he learns from Jane Doe's bones, he says he believes he must help in finding her murderer.
    "That much we owe all cadavers," he says.
     
  14. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/431ufmd.html

    The Doe Network:
    Case File 431UFMD


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    Unidentified White Female

      • The victim was discovered on August 24, 1982 in Frederick, Frederick County, Maryland
      • Estimated Date of Death: Possibly July 1982, or as early as Spring 1982
      • Decomposed (skeletal) Remains

    Vital Statistics

      • Estimated Year of Birth: 1955-1960
      • Estimated age: 17-25 years old
      • Approximate Height and Weight: 5'2 to 5'6; 100-130 lbs.
      • Distinguishing Characteristics: Medium length brown hair. Previous back injury. Possible dancer, gymnast.
      • Dentals: Available. The decedent had undergone 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.


    Case History

    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.


    Investigators

    If you have any information about this case please contact:
    Frederick Police Department
    Lt. Tom Chase
    301-694-2125 or 301-694-2100
    You may remain anonymous when submitting information.

    Agency Case Number: 1982-12633

    NCMEC #: USMD82cr12633

    NCIC Number:
    U759825015
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Source Information:
    WUSA9 6/2012
    Frederick News Post 1/83 & 9/82
    Washington Post 1/03
    nbc4.com News 5/11/05
    NamUs UP #7477
    City of Frederick
    NCMEC
     
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    Akoya Bronze Member

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  16. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...cheerleader-trunk-30-years-grisly-murder.html

    Police release new sketch of mysterious 'cheerleader in the trunk' 30 YEARS after grisly murder
    By SNEJANA FARBEROV
    PUBLISHED: 23:37 EST, 3 June 2012

    Police released a new sketch of a young woman whose badly decomposing body was found inside a steamer trunk nearly three decades ago in Frederick, Maryland.

    The latest digital image of the victim, commonly known as ‘the woman in the trunk,’ was made public by the Frederick Police Department on Friday ahead of the upcoming 30th anniversary of the cold case.

    ‘We felt now was the time to get a separate version of what she may have looked like,’ Lieutenant Clark Pennington told WTOP.

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    New look: The Frederick Police Department released a new digital image of the victim in 'the woman in the trunk' 1982 murder

    It is one of three sketches drawn since the body was found.

    A sketch released in the 1980s depicts a woman with thick eyebrows, wide eyes and heavy bangs.

    Another drawing released in the early 1990s shows a woman with short hair, thin lips and a slightly wrinkled brow.

    Those images are posted on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's website.

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    Gristly find: Two hikers spotted a steamer trunk containing a decomposing body while picking mushrooms in the Frederick City Watershed in 1982

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    Mystery: Police said the skeletal remains inside the trunk were those of a young Caucasian woman

    Pennington said the latest image will be added to the National Unidentified Persons System - a database designed to help law enforcement agencies with cases that involve unidentified human remains.

    Several months ago, the police department asked Sergeant Don Stahl, of the Charles County Sheriff's Office, to assist in the victim's facial reconstruction.

    Stahl’s version of ‘the woman in the trunk’ features a woman with a thin face, long hair and a curved nose.

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    Jane Doe: A sketch released in the 1980s featured a woman with thick eyebrows, wide eyes and bangs

    Stahl said a photo of the woman's skull helped him create the image, but the police department also played a part in the process.

    Investigators asked the expert to draw the woman with her hair in a ponytail because it is likely that she was a cheerleader, a dancer or a gymnast due signs of wear on her hip bones.

    ‘It's a gamble to make assumptions like that, but it's that kind of information that could spark recognition,’ Stahl said.

    He used an electronic tablet and Photoshop to create the image.

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    Active: It is believed that the unidentified woman was a cheerleader or a gymnast due signs of wear on her hip bones

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    Forensics: The latest digital image of 'the woman in the trunk' was compiled using photos of the victim's skull

    Detectives hope Stahl’s latest image sheds new light on the case, Pennington said.

    On August 24, 1982, a couple of hikers searching for mushrooms in the Frederick City Watershed spotted a steamer trunk off the road.

    They called police, and when officers arrived on the scene, they discovered a badly decomposed body inside.

    Detectives said the trunk contained skeletal remains of a petite Caucasian female with dark hair between the ages of 18 and 25 with a medium build.

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    Clues: Police were hoping that the victim's dental records would help identify her since she had had extensive work done on her teeth

    Investigators were hoping at the time that the victim’s dental records would help identify her since she had had extensive work done on her teeth.

    Images of the woman’s teeth were put into an online database in an effort to help solve the case.

    'The hope first off is closure for the family,’ Pennington told Your4State. 'This woman has to be missed by somebody, so somebody is out there looking for her.’

    The Frederick Police Department currently has at least 11 open homicide investigations, according to the agency's website.
     
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  17. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://hellbeasts.com/unsolved/

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    “The Woman in the Trunk”

    Police in Frederick, Maryland, have a 31-year-old unsolved murder on their hands. The biggest roadblock to solving the murder is identifying the victim.

    On August 24, 1982, two hikers who were mushroom picking discovered a steamer trunk close to a road in Gambrills State Park. The trunk was brown and gold. Inside were the skeletonized remains of a woman. She may have been in that trunk between 6 weeks and 6 months.

    Police estimate the woman died in the spring of 1982. They also do not believe she came from the Frederick area.

    As best the police could determine, the victim was a young, white woman, about 5’2″ to 5’6″ with a medium build. She had had a great deal of dental work done. Nearly all of her teeth had been filled and her two front teeth had been capped. Police believe the dental work had been done at a dental school.

    Strangely, even with all that dental work she still had two impacted wisdom teeth that probably caused her discomfort.

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    An anthropologist determined her family had been in America at least 3 generations. Amazing how they can figure stuff like that out.

    Police think that the unidentified woman may have been a gymnast or a dancer because her hipbones showed some wear and tear. Her spine showed evidence of a lot of back bending.

    Lt. Clark Pennington of the Frederick Police Department was quoted as saying, “The hope first off is closure for the family. This woman has to be missed by somebody, so somebody is out there looking for her. This victim has a family, so we want to fully investigate this crime, identify who she is, and be able to provide some closure for the family.”

    In an effort to solve the mystery of the “woman in the trunk” the Frederick Police Department created and distributed a new sketch of the victim a year ago.

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    “We felt now was the time to get a separate version of what she may have looked like,” Lieutenant Clark Pennington said in an interview with WTOP.

    There were previous sketches made of the victim in these past 31 years. This latest one shows a young woman with a very hooked nose and long face. They put her medium length, brown hair into a ponytail to give the impression of someone athletic.

    I learned about this case from the Daily Mail. The article included photos of the skull along with the police sketches.

    I have lately taken to trying to digitally put faces on images of skulls. It’s my new hobby. Looking at the latest sketch — heck, even the earlier sketches — of the “woman in the trunk” I could find little resemblance to the skull. They didn’t fit together, in my opinion.

    And so I took a stab at it myself. It couldn’t hurt, anyway. And here it is:

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    assumed her eyes were brown because her hair was brown. I didn’t make her smile because the skull was missing a front tooth.

    I may be close or I may be way off, but I am hoping it’ll get people casting their minds back to 1982 and thinking of a friend or family member who was never heard from since then. Somebody somewhere knew this unfortunate murder victim.

    So if anyone has any idea of the identity of the unidentified “woman in the trunk”, the Frederick Police Department would be pleased to hear from you.

    If you have any information please contact:
    Frederick Police Department
    Lt. Tom Chase
    301-694-2125
    Agency Case Number: 1982-12633

    You may maintain anonymity when submitting information.

    www.officialcoldcaseinvestigations.com
     
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    nbc4.com News 5/11/05 FREDERICK, Md. -- It has been almost 23 years since the skeletal remains of a woman were found in the woods on a mountain near Frederick, Md. Investigators don't know how she died, where she died, or who she is. But they've recently received some tantalizing leads, and they're looking for help to close this cold case. The bones were found in an area known as the Frederick Municipal Forest. Back in 1982, it was known as the Frederick City Watershed
     
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    http://icaremissingpersonscoldcases...d-Jane-Doe-Discovered-in-1982-in-Frederick-Md

    nbc4.com News 5/11/05


    FREDERICK, Md. -- It has been almost 23 years since the skeletal remains of a woman were found in the woods on a mountain near Frederick, Md.

    Investigators don't know how she died, where she died, or who she is. But they've recently received some tantalizing leads, and they're looking for help to close this cold case.

    The bones were found in an area known as the Frederick Municipal Forest. Back in 1982, it was known as the Frederick City Watershed because all the water that falls in the mountains drains into the city's reservoir.

    Back in '82, in the heat of the summer in August, a man and a woman were up there looking for mushrooms and they made a horrible discovery.

    "They came upon this trunk and what they found inside were the remains of the victim that were literally melted because of the heat," Lt. Tom Chase said.

    As a consequence, detectives don't know who she was.

    Three forensic anthropologists have produced artists' conceptions of what she might have looked like.

    Forensic dentists have produced a dental chart that indicates she had work done at a dental school.

    "According to these dentists, the type of dental work that she had done, they aren't done as frequently in the practice of dentistry, but they are still taught to people who are going to practice dentistry," Chase said.

    Investigators do not believe she is from the Frederick area.

    "We believe that if she was from Frederick, we would have been able to identify her a long time ago," Chase said.

    But now, perhaps, there has been a break.

    "I had a conversation with a detective from Roanoke, Va.," Chase said.

    He got a call about Virginian Alice Welch, who has been missing from Roanoke since August of 1982.

    "At this time, the possibility of us having located this person, I think, is as good as it's ever been over the course of this investigation," Chase said.

    He said the time frame, the height, the weight, and the appearances all match up.

    "If you look at the three likenesses that you have and the photograph of the victim from Roanoke as posted on the Web page, the same similarities of her facial features are on the picture, are, in my opinion, very consistent with those similarities with those features existing on these artist renderings," Chase said.

    The similarities were first noticed by the Maryland Doe Network -- a group of volunteers who research missing persons cases.

    "And in this instance, if this turns out to be the victim, it will be directly as a result of the efforts of the Doe Network," Chase said.

    But, as of today, detectives do not know for sure who this woman is.

    "Finding out exactly who she is, is when the work really begins because that's the first lead that you have to interviewing people she knows, interviewing relatives, interviewing people from her life. That obviously gives us leads to determine how she died," Chase said.

    And the Doe Network continues to play an important role in this case.

    Police in Frederick are also looking at the possibility that another missing woman may be the victim in this case.

    Her case is also posted on the Doe Network Web site. She is Judith Ann Chartier, who has been missing from Chelmsford, Mass., since June of 1982.

    You can get to the Doe Network online at DoeNetwork.org. The Maryland Missing Persons Network is online at MarylandMissing.com.

    And if you have any information that can help investigators solve this case, they ask that you call the Frederick City Police Department at (301) 694-2100.



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    FREDERICK UNIDENTIFIED
    Case Type: Unidentified
    DOB: Sex: Female
    Missing Date: Aug 24, 1982 Race: White
    Age Now: Height: Unknown
    Missing City: FREDERICK Weight: Unknown
    Missing State : MD Hair Color:
    Missing Country: United States Eye Color:

    Case Number: USMD82cr12633
    Circumstances: The Victim has been given Estimated Years of Birth: 1955-1960, the Estimated Date of Death is possibly July 1982, or as early as Spring 1982. Estimated Height: 5' 2" - 5' 6", Estimated Weight: 100-130 lbs., Eye Color is Unknown, and the Hair Color is Brown. The Victim had extensive, and expensive dental work possibly performed by Dental Students. Dental records are on file.
     
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    Akoya Bronze Member

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    www.cityoffrederick.com/d...icides.htm

    CASE #: 1982-12633

    DATE: AUGUST 24, 1982

    VICTIM: IDENTITY UNKNOWN

    DESCRIPTION: FEMALE/ WHITE/ 18 TO 25 YEARS OF AGE

    CIRCUMSTANCES

    A couple searching for mushrooms in the Frederick City Watershed came upon a steamer trunk located just off a roadway. The trunk contained skeletonized human remains of a white female, 18 to 25 years of age, with dark hair. The decedent had undergone extensive dental procedures, some of which are consistent with those performed by dental students. The identity of this victim remains a mystery despite efforts by numerous detectives, forensic anthropologists, the FBI, as well as television programs including Final Justice and The New Detectives.

    If you have any informat
     
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