(IRONTON, Ohio)— Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Lawrence County Coroner Benjamin Mack, M.D. today unveiled a new forensic facial reconstruction of a woman whose remains were found in Lawrence County in 1981.
|The clay model was created by a forensic artist with the Attorney General’s Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) in an effort to identify the murder victim.
The Caucasian woman’s body was found in a covered well in Chesapeake, Ohio, on April 22, 1981. Authorities estimate that she was between 30 and 60 years old at the time of her death. She weighed around 140 pounds and was approximately 5’3″ tall. Her eye color and hair color are unknown.
The woman was found wearing a dark pullover sweater underneath a lightweight shirt with a red cable-knit sweater on top. She was also wearing gray slacks, red socks, and a rubber band on each of her wrists.
|More details can be found in a public bulletin released today by BCI’s Criminal Intelligence Unit.
Anyone with information on who this person may be is urged to contact BCI’s Criminal Intelligence Unit at 740-845-2406.
This is the sixth forensic facial reconstruction created by BCI’s forensic artist. The models are created using exact duplicates of the victims’ skulls made by a 3D printer at The Ohio State University. Muscles and tissue are molded using scientific guidelines that specify the thickness of the tissue in areas such as the chin, brow, nasal bridge, and cheeks. Items such as hairstyle are the artist’s estimations to complete the forensic facial reconstruction and should not be considered as significant markers for identification.
Of the six reconstructions created by BCI’s forensic artist, one case has been solved. More information on the still-unidentified cases can be found below.
The BCI Missing Persons Unit helps to locate missing persons, proactively identifies at-risk youth, and works with nationwide partners to recover human trafficking victims.
BCI also offers the Ohio LINK (Linking Individuals Not Known) Program, a free service to police, coroners, and families of missing individuals. The LINK Program was established through the Attorney General’s Office in 1999 to help match DNA taken from family members of missing individuals to DNA from unidentified remains. Samples of DNA submitted by family members as part of the LINK Program are compared only to DNA samples of unidentified remains submitted through similar programs nationwide.