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News | Jan. 19, 2018

CID Offers $15,000 for Information on Human Remains Possibly from Oregon, Northern California

Department of the Army Criminal Investigation Division

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-McChord, Wash., and any circumstances surrounding the victim’s death.

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, only a skull and several vertebrae were recovered at the scene. The rest of the victim’s remains have never 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 (pictured above). 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 estimates the victim to have died between April and June of 2010.

Recent forensic examinations on the bone and tooth enamel for the identification and measurements of isotopes were then used to predict where the deceased may have lived prior to her death. The testing revealed the victim may have spent her childhood/adolescence and the last ten years prior to her death in Oregon or California.

Anyone with information regarding this case or if the above images resemble someone you may have known, please submit the information through ► Army CID: Submit a Tip Now.

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.

There is no additional information to be released at this time