Part of the mystery surrounding the skeletal remains found in northwestern Calhoun County nearly 15 months ago has been unraveled. The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, in a joint press conference with State Law Enforcement investigators, revealed that an examination of the skeletal remains by forensic experts indicates that the victim was a woman about 5 ‘ 4” to 5’ 9″ in height. Calhoun County Sheriff Thomas Summers says forensic experts have developed a three dimensional design of a facial reconstruction from the skull to aid in the identification of the victim whose skeletal remains were found on September 27, 2008.
Summers says the cause of the woman’s death has not been determined.
Summers hopes that the facial reconstruction design will lead to the identification of the victim, with assistance from the public.
SLED Lieutenant Michael Prodan is in charge of the agency’s Behavioral Sciences Unit. Prodan says the victim’s clothes coupled with the fact that she was found in a wooded area strongly suggests that she met with foul play and that the perpetrator of the crime moved her body from the original crime scene.
Prodan says a bracelet with the name “Maria” etched on it was found with the skeletal remains. With the facial reconstruction model, the information on her attire and the bracelet, Prodan says someone who knows the victim should come forward. However, he adds that the person or persons may be afraid to come forward for several reasons including those that may have legal ramifications.