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NamUs Needs Help in Identify the Remains that was located on Waterloo Road in Hart County

Date of News Release: 04/28/2016

(Bowling Green, KY) - On June 25, 2015, the badly decomposed remains of a woman were located just off Waterloo Road in Hart County, Kentucky. The woman was estimated to be between 24 to 47 years of age, and her race could not be conclusively determined by forensic anthropological examination. She was entered into NamUs, National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, as UP 13979 four days after her remains were discovered on June 29, 2015. Found with the remains, was one necklace with an "S" emblem in the center, pictured below:

Found with the remains, was one necklace with an "S" emblem in the center Found with the remains, was one necklace with an "S" emblem in the center

 

Also found with the remains was a gray stud earring with a pink stone:

Also found with the remains was a gray stud earring with a pink stone Also found with the remains was a gray stud earring with a pink stone

 

The decedent was also found wearing a "Southern Comfort" t-shirt (size: medium), red/pink underwear, and white Wilson brand sneakers (size 9), with green laces. No identification was found with the remains, and the state of decomposition made a visual identification impossible.

In cases like UP 13979's, identifying the decedent is made considerably more difficult due to the decomposition of the remains. Fortunately, however, thanks to Project EDAN (Everyone Deserves A Name) UP 13979 might finally be identified with the help of Certified Forensic Artist Jeanne Cybulski of the Mesa, Arizona, Police Department. With the request made by the Hart County Coroner and the Kentucky State Police, CFA Cybulski undertook the task of creating a detailed reconstruction of UP 13979's face, in hopes that someone, somewhere, will recognize her.

Beginning with just the skull, CFA Cybulski began creating a clay reconstruction which would hopefully restore UP 13979 to how she appeared in life. Using the skull as a base, she could then position a series of markers to estimate tissue depth on the skull. Once the markers were positioned, the skull was ready for the next step.

Once the markers were positioned, the skull was ready for the next step Once the markers were positioned, the skull was ready for the next step

 

Using information from the forensic anthropologist, CFA Cybulski could then estimate the length of the nose, the shape of the mouth, as well as the shape and position of the decedent's eyes, as well as other facial features. With that information, clay could be applied to the skull to create a, hopefully, accurate approximation of the woman's face:

With that information, clay could be applied to the skull to create a, hopefully, accurate approximation of the woman's face With that information, clay could be applied to the skull to create a, hopefully, accurate approximation of the woman's face

 

Once the recreation was complete, color was added to the model to give her a more lifelike appearance:

Once the recreation was complete, color was added to the model to give her a more lifelike appearance Once the recreation was complete, color was added to the model to give her a more lifelike appearance

 

These images will now be uploaded into UP 13979's NamUs casefile, and will, hopefully, assist in the identification of the decedent.

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Update on Dead Body Located on Waterloo Road in Hart County

Date of News Release: 06/26/2015

(Horse Cave, KY) - An autopsy was performed at the Medical Examiner's Office in Louisville this morning where at this time no other information could be determined in identifying the body or cause of death. Further examination will be conducted in attempting to develop this information. The investigation is still ongoing and information will be released when it becomes available.

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Dead Body Located on Waterloo Road in Hart County

Date of News Release: 06/25/2015

(Horse Cave, KY) - On Thursday, June 25, 2015 at approx. 2:26 pm the Kentucky State Police Post 3 Bowling Green responded to Waterloo Road in Hart County where it was reported by a truck driver that was jogging in the area, that he noticed what appeared to be a dead body.

When the Trooper arrived, human remains were discovered in a wooded area off the edge of Waterloo Road. The body has not yet been identified at this time and was removed by the Hart County Coroner Reggie Pettit. An autopsy will be performed next date at the Medical Examiner's Office in Louisville. No other information is available at this time.

The investigation is still ongoing and is being led by Detective Wesley Medley.