Attorney General hopes facial reconstruction can help identify woman

XENIA, Ohio (WKBN) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer unveiled the forensic facial reconstruction of a woman whose skeletal remains were found in Greene County earlier this year.

DeWine said DNA testing, dental and tattoo records failed to identify the woman, so the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) worked with The Ohio State University to create a 3D plastic model of the woman’s skull. The clay model was created by a forensic artist with BCI.

The process to create the facial features, which generally takes between 50-60 hours to complete, begins with the creation of muscles and tissue and then uses scientific guidelines to determine the thickness of the tissue in areas such as the chin, brow, nasal bridge, and cheeks, according to DeWine’s office. Because it is impossible in this case to know the woman’s hairstyle, the forensic artist created an average hairstyle for the model.

“This was someone’s daughter, someone’s family, someone’s friend, and she deserves to be identified,” said Attorney General DeWine. “Now that we have her face, we hope we can soon determine her name. It is our sincere hope that this model looks familiar to someone.”

The woman’s remains were found in a wooded area of Spring Valley Township on May 1, 2016.  She had likely been there for three months to one year before being found, and her cause of death is unknown.

DeWine is asking for the community’s help in identifying the woman.

The woman is believed to be Caucasian, between 25-50 years old and between 5’5” to 5’10”. She was wearing a medium-sized white tank top with small stripes, a size 40D bra, and black sweatpants with a pink stripe up the leg and pink heart in the thigh area that said “Babe.”

Those with information are asked to contact the Greene County Sheriff’s Office at 937-376-5111 or BCI’s Missing Persons Unit at 855-BCI-OHIO (855-224-6446).

A time lapse video of the creation of the model by BCI forensic artist Samantha Molnar and a video outlining the forensic facial reconstruction process can be found below:

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