Renowned Forensic Artist helps replicate skull of woman found 10 years ago

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A skull that was found 10 years ago is finally getting a face again after a renowned forensic artist helped replicate the skull with a scientifically advanced 3D scan arm.

WILMINGTON (DE) BY DIGITAL STAFF: On June 5th, 2011, patrol officers from the New Castle County Division of Police were dispatched to the wooded area of Sellers Park off Edgemoor Road for the discovery of human bones.  When the officers arrived, they observed partial remains to include a human skull. 

According to police, Detectives from the New Castle County Police Criminal Investigations Unit arrived and assumed the investigation.  An extensive search was conducted in the area and the remains were turned over to investigators from the Medical Examiner’s Office.  A pair of blue shorts found close to the remains, were also collected by police.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner within the Division of Forensic Science reported that the partial skeletal remains are of a Caucasoid female, about 25-50 years of age.   The deceased had long, dark brown hair arranged in a single long braid and small gold inlays or restorations in her front teeth.  The gold inlays would have been noticeable to anyone that would have known the female., police said in a news release.

Recently, detectives contacted renowned Forensic Artist Joe Mullins and requested his assistance with obtaining an updated image of the deceased.  Investigators learned of a scientifically advanced 3D scan arm developed by Faro Technologies which would aid in the replication of the skull for the Forensic Artist’s utilization as a template.

Evidence Photo by NCCPD

Anyone who has any information about this incident, or can identify this person, please contact Detective Jeffrey Sendek at 302-395-8110 or via email at Jeffrey.Sendek@newcastlede.gov or Lt Teresa Williams (RET) at 302-395-8110 or Teresa.Williams@newcastlede.gov or by calling the New Castle County Division of Police non-emergency number at 302-573-2800.

Citizens can text a tip anonymously simply by texting the number 847411 keyword: NCCDE. You can also submit a tip via our website at http://www.nccpd.com. Tipsters may also call Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333 or visit us on Facebook (IM) at New Castle County Division of Police.

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