Louisiana- in Rapides Parish

Reconstructed Image of Victim

# Unidentified White Female Located on November 5, 1980 in Rapides Parish, Louisiana.
# Estimated Date of Death: 6 months – 2.1/2 years prior to discovery.
# Partial Skeletal Remains

Vital Statistics

* Estimated age: 15-19 years old
* Approximate Height and Weight: 5’0-5’5″
* Distinguishing Characteristics: Shoulder-length brown hair.
* Skeletal Findings: Unfused metopic suture. The metopic suture in the
skull is a fibrous joint, cranial suture between adjacent developing bones of the
skull. This suture begins at nose and runs superiorly to meet sagittal suture
and fuses in early childhood before all other cranial sutures.
* Clothing: There was no clothing found.
* Fingerprints: Not available.
* Dentals: Available. 3rd molars are impacted.
Amalgam fillings noted on teeth #3(O), 14(O), 19(OB) and 30(OB).
* DNA: Available – CODIS.

Case History

The victim was located November 5, 1980 in Rapides Parish, Louisiana.

Authorities were called out to skeletal remains found off Nichols Cemetery Road, which is about a quarter of a mile off Highway 28 West, near Gardner.

A hunter found the remains, which turned out to belong to a woman and a dog. Investigators found who had shot the dog but did not know if the dog belonged to the victim.
There was not enough skeletal remains to help in identifying the body, which had been dumped out at least six months prior to their discovery. All found at the scene was a pair of wool socks and a wad of hair.
Police have never established her cause of death.

If you have any information concerning this woman’s identity or the circumstances surrounding her death, please contact:
Louisiana State University
Mary Manhein

Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Department
All information may be submitted on an anonymous basis.

Agency Case Number:
LSU 80-05
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.