VA CHESTERFIELD COUNTY JANE DOE: WF, 20-35, found at the Shoosmith landfill in Chesterfield County, VA - 7 Aug 1986


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Case File: 900UFVA
Black rubber bracelet worn on victim's foot

Unidentified Female
Date of Discovery: August 7, 1986
Location of Discovery: Chesterfield County, Virginia
Estimated Date of Death: June 1, 1986
State of Remains: Not recognizable - Partial remains with soft tissues
Cause of Death: Unknown

Physical Description
** Listed information is approximate

Estimated Age: 20-35 years old
Race: White
Gender: Female
Height: 5'0"-5'5"
Weight: 105-120 lbs.
Hair Color: Light brown with long blonde highlights.
Eye Color: Unknown

Distinguishing Marks/Features: Post vaginal hysterectomy; bone island anomaly in right Iliac (hip/pelvic) bone.

Dentals: Not available.
Fingerprints: Not available. Xrays and left foot inked footprints are available for identification.
DNA: Samples submitted - tests not complete.

Clothing & Personal Items
Clothing: None. Victim wore an approximate 7AA shoe.
Jewelry: Dark rubber like ankle bracelet/band on left ankle.
Additional Personal Items: None listed.

Case History
The victim's torso and left leg were located at the Shoosmith landfill in Chesterfield County, Virginia on August 7, 1986. The trash was collected from Richmond, Virginia. It appears that the remains were kept in a relatively cool environment such as a refrigerator, or in a semi-air tight container to delay decomposition.

Investigating Agency(s)
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Agency Name: Chesterfield County Police Department
Agency Contact Person: N/A
Agency Phone Number: 804-748-1251

Agency Name: Central District Medical Examiner's Office
Agency Contact Person: Kevin Whaley
Agency Phone Number: 804-786-3174
Kevin Whaley E-Mail or David Baldwin E-Mail

Agency Case Number: LE: 19860807-062; ME: C1986-08701
NCIC Case Number: U950006136
NamUs Case Number: UP #6642
Former Hot Case Number: 139

Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

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By Adrianna Hargrove | March 2, 2020 at 11:25 AM EST - Updated March 2 at 11:30 AM

Police hope new photo will help identify woman’s remains found in 1986


HESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WWBT) - Chesterfield police are still working to identify the remains of a woman that was found in 1986.

On Aug. 7, 1986, workers were unloading trash from the School Street transfer station in Richmond at a Chesterfield landfill, when they noticed human remains.

Chesterfield police conducted a thorough search and recovered what appeared to be the remains of a woman.

Using DNA evidence from the investigation, Snapshot DNA Phenotyping Service, produced trait predictions for the unknown woman such as her ancestry, eye color, hair color, skin color, freckling and face shape.

By combining these attributes, the unknown woman may have been 25 years old, between 5 foot 1 and 5 foot 7 with an average body mass index of 22.
The female was also wearing pink toenail polish and a dark rubber-like bracelet was on her left ankle.

The cause of death was determined to be a homicide, according to the medical examiner.

Detectives say the victim may have ties to Richmond, Charlottesville, Buena Vista, Lynchburg and Baltimore, Maryland.

The victim remains unidentified.

Anyone with information should contact Chesterfield County Unsolved/Major Investigations Group at 804-717-6024


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BY FRANK GREEN Richmond Times-Dispatch


Police have used DNA techniques to produce what is believed to be a likeness of a young woman whose remains were discovered at a landfill in Chesterfield County more than three decades ago. Chesterfield County police said Monday that the remains were discovered on Aug. 7, 1986, when workers were unloading refuse from the School Street transfer station in Richmond at a landfill in Chesterfield County when they noticed what appeared to be human remains.

Police conducted an extensive search and recovered human remains, which were taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for analysis. It was determined the cause of death was homicide.

According to news accounts at the time, police thought the slaying was committed by a psychopath. The missing parts were the victim's head and hands, which had been sawed from her body. Police said at the time they believed the body may have been stored for up to two months in a cool, insect-free environment.

Police said Monday that the autopsy and other tests completed by the medical examiner revealed that the remains were those of a white female, about 22 years old to 32 years old.

She was likely between 5 feet 1 inch and 5 feet 5 inches tall, likely weighed between 105 pounds and 120 pounds and wore a size 7 or size 7 ½ shoe. She was wearing pink toenail polish and a dark, rubber-like bracelet or band was on her left ankle, said police.

The medical examiner, the Virginia Department of Forensic Science and the Chesterfield County Police have been working to identify the body and have ruled out multiple missing persons using various techniques, including DNA comparisons. To date, the victim remains unidentified.

Last year, detectives sought the services of Parabon NanoLabs, a DNA technology company in Reston that specializes in DNA phenotyping - the process of predicting physical appearance and ancestry from unidentified DNA evidence.

Police said law enforcement agencies use the company’s Snapshot DNA Phenotyping Service to narrow suspect lists and generate leads in criminal investigations. Snapshot produced trait predictions for the unknown woman's ancestry, eye color, hair color, skin color, freckling and face shape. Combining those attributes, a Snapshot composite was produced depicting what the unknown woman may have looked like at age 25 with an average body-mass.

Detectives have determined that she may have had ties to the Richmond, Charlottesville, Buena Vista and Lynchburg areas in Virginia as well as Baltimore, Md.

Anyone with information regarding her identity is urged to contact the Chesterfield County Unsolved/Major Investigations Group at (804) 717-6024.

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