Unique Dental Work Could Be Key To Naming This Woman

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.

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.

An online database of missing persons described the inlays: “The gold-colored dental restorations (small, round) in the maxillary dentition or bottom teeth, specifically the labial (cheek) surface of the right and left canines and right lateral incisor. These may have been decorative inlays. They were located high on the crowns near the gumline.”

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.

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 [email protected] or Lt Teresa Williams (RET) at 302-395-8110 or [email protected] or by calling the New Castle County Division of Police non-emergency number at 302-573-2800.

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