Sketch shows woman found dead Up North in 1994

Northern Michigan cold case continues

Michigan State Police are looking for helping in identifying a woman, whose remains were found in the woods Up North in 1994.

Authorities today released images of sketches and clay models by forensic artists models and sketches depicting what they believe the woman looked like.

A bow hunter found the remains in October 1994 while walking through woods off Bamfield Road, between Curtisville and Alcona Dam, Alcona County. 

According to a news release,  the Alcona County Sheriff’s Department was the lead investigating agency, with the MSP crime lab assisting in the recovery of the remains from the scene.

Michigan State University anthropologists studying the case have determined that the woman was aged 30-50 years old and approximately 4-foot-7” to 5-foot-6. They believe she was white but said no population group should be excluded.

She had a skull fracture and may have experienced trauma at the time of death, the release said.

Investigators believe the remains could have been in the woods for up to four years before being discovered.

"As DNA technology advanced, so has the investigation. A mitochondrial DNA sample was collected by scientists at the University of North Texas Health Science Center for Human Identification and a full DNA profile has been uploaded to the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) database. A case profile has been posted on the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) database," the release said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Michigan State Police at 855-642-4847.

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