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Duchesne County asking public to help identify woman whose remains were found 21 years ago

Apr 25, 2024, 6:00 AM

A composite sketch of a woman who the Duchesne County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's h...

A composite sketch of a woman who the Duchesne County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in identifying. The woman's skull was found 21 years ago on a fence post while police served a search warrant. (Duchesne County Sheriff's Office)

(Duchesne County Sheriff's Office)

DUCHESNE, Utah — The Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying the remains of a woman whose skull was found on a fence post 21 years ago.

The sheriff’s office said deputies conducted a search warrant on a property in the northwest area of the county on March 13, 2001. Deputies located a human skull, held on by wire, on top of a fence post that surrounded the property.

“At the time the remains were suspected to possibly be of Native American origin, due to a Native American burial ground being located near the property,” the sheriff’s office said.

An anthropological analysis has since determined the human remains belonged to a “modern Hispanic female” between the ages of 17 and 25. The sheriff’s office estimates the woman went missing between 1981 and 2001.

Using the remains, a composite sketch recreation was done. The sheriff’s office is asking anyone who might recognize the woman or have information about her to reach out by emailing sheriff@duchesne.utah.gov or calling the tipline at 435-738-0196.

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Duchesne County asking public to help identify woman whose remains were found 21 years ago