Chesterfield Police need help identifying remains found in 1986

Chesterfield County

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WRIC) — Chesterfield authorities are asking the public for help in identifying human remains that were found in a landfill over three decades ago.

Workers were unloading trash into the Chesterfield landfill when they discovered a woman’s body, police said. At the time, Chesterfield officers responded and conducted an extensive search.

“She was wearing pink toenail polish and a dark, rubber-like bracelet or band was on her left ankle,” Chesterfield police said in a release.

Thirty-four years later, Chesterfield Police is still seeking information on who that woman was.

Based on the examination the remains are believed to be that of a white female between the ages of 22 to 32-years-old.

The Medical Examiner determined her manner of death was homicide.

Chesterfield detectives worked with Parabon NanoLabs, a DNA technology company in Reston, to complete a “Snapshot” of what the woman may have looked like using DNA phenotyping.

“We are just enthusiastic to try and identify her, find out who she is and the circumstances that led her to be find like that,” Chesterfield Police Capt. Jay Thornton told 8News.

The “Snapshot” made predictions on the woman’s ancestry, eye color, hair color, skin color, freckling, and face shape, authorities said. Police told 8News on Monday that the technology could help make all the difference in the case.

“For us to be able to have, what we believe is, a phenotype report that is this specific is a game changer for us,” Thornton said. “It actually puts some sort of an identity to the remains that were found in 1986.”

Detectives believe the victim had ties to the Richmond area, Charlottesville, Buena Vista, Lynchburg and Baltimore, Maryland. Thornton said investigators hope someone will be able to identify the woman and give her family some closure.

“There are thousands of these reports made every year about missing people, runaways. And if somebody did report her as missing back prior to the time that she was discovered then they have no idea that we may have her here,” he continued. “It would be very good to be able to let them know that she is at rest.”

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Chesterfield County Unsolved/Major Investigations Group at 804-717-6024.



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