NY ORANGE COUNTY JANE DOE: F, 25-50, skull found on garage roof top in Port Jervis, NY - 18 May 2006 - Prominent nose


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On May 18, 2006 a homeowner in Port Jervis, NY noticed a human skull on a the room of an adjacent tire business. According to the witness, the skull was not there the evening before. The skull appeared to have been placed on the roof and single hoop earring and broken sea shells were observed nearby.

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Sketches of Victim

Date of Discovery: May 18, 2006
Location of Discovery: Port Jervis, Orange Co, New York
Estimated Date of Death: 1995 or earlier
State of Remains: Partial Skeletal Remains (Human cranium was revocered. Teeth are missing, as is the mandible. No other bones were recovered)
Cause of Death: Undetermined

Physical Description
Estimated Age: 25-50 years
Race: White
Gender: Female
Height: Unknown
Weight: Unknown
Hair Color: Unknown
Eye Color: Unknown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: The nose on the female is prominent and may be helpful in identification.

Dentals: Not available
Fingerprints: Not available
DNA: Not available

Clothing & Personal Items
Clothing: A single earring was recovered near the skull. It is described as a hoop style earring
Jewelry: None Stated
Additional Personal Items: None Stated

Circumstances of Discovery

On May 18, 2006, a homeowner in a residential area of the City of Port Jervis observed from his rear window a human cranium on the roof of an adjacent tire business. The skull, according to the witness, was not there the evening before. The cranium was located on a metal roof of a garage building for a local tire company. The skull appeared to have been set on the sloped roof. It was sitting up right and a single hoop earring was located near the skull on the roof. Broken sea shells were also observed near by but it is unknown if they are related.

Anthropological studies on the skull indicate it belonged to a white female possible of Hispanic descent aged 25-50 years. There does not appear to be any indications of burial or submersion in water, nor is there any apparent trauma. The teeth appear to have been removed post-mortem and after the skull was skeletonized.

Port Jervis is located at the intersection of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and is readily accessed from New York City and other metropolitan areas. Interstate 84, NY 17, US 6, US 209 and the NYS Thruway are all within close proximity or pass thru or by the city.

Investigating Agency(s)
Agency Name: Port Jervis City Police Department
Agency Contact Person: Detective Michael J. Worden
Agency Phone Number: 845-856-5101
Agency Case Number: 06-00617
NCIC Case Number: N/A
NamUs Case Number: UP #16470

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