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Apr222014

« Can you help the Army identify a female's remains found near Joint Base Lewis McCord? »

The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, commonly referred to as CID, is offering a $15,000 reward to anyone with information leading to the identification of human remains found on Joint Base Lewis-McCord, Wash., and any circumstances surrounding the victim’s death.

The WSDA News was contacted by Ryan P. Brokaw, MFS, a Forensic Science Officer at JBLM, who said, "I want to emphasize that I’m looking for someone who thinks they knew the victim.  This goes beyond reading about a missing person in the news or on the internet that might match.  I need someone that physically saw her or examined her, even if they don’t necessarily remember her name.  I am also not looking for a forensic odontologist to render an opinion."

On October 13, 2010, the skull of an adult female, approximately 25-40 years old, was discovered in the vicinity of Spanaway McKenna Highway (WA 507) and Pacific Avenue South (WA 7) inside of Training Area 9.

After an extensive search of the area by CID and other law enforcement agencies, two non-contiguous vertebrae were recovered at the scene however, the rest of the victim’s remains have not been found. 

CID wants to stress the most identifiable and notable feature that may lead to the identity of the deceased is a defect of unknown origin on the victim’s front tooth on the lower jaw.
In regard to the abnormality, Brokow noted, "There's disagreement, but one examiner stated it was likely Turner's Hypoplasia, a defect caused by a childhood-era trauma to the tooth, while an anthropologist believed it may have been from habitual pipe-smoking."

Although important, the facial reconstruction pictured above is a recreation based on all available forensic evidence and may not be an exact likeness of the deceased. The victim’s race is still unknown at this time, and it is possible that the victim could have been of a mixed ancestry. The Office of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner (AFME) estimates the victim to have died between April and June of 2010.   

Anyone with information regarding this case should immediately contact the Joint Base Lewis-McCord CID Office at (253) 229-3526 or (253) 967-3151 or call the Military Police Desk at (253) 967-7112/7113.  Persons with information can also email the CID Crime Tips at Army.CID.Crime.Tips@mail.mil.  

Individuals wishing to remain anonymous will be honored to the degree allowable under the law and the information will be held in the strictest confidence allowable.

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