March 6, 2013

Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office seeks help in identifying skull found in 2011

Who is she?

Who is she?

The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in answering that question about an unidentified skull found by a resident in a creek bed in April 2011 on rural property in the southwestern part of the county. The location is west of Viola, in the 10000 block of South 343rd Street West.

Sheriff’s investigators are asking for the public’s help in identifying the person in a photo of an FBI forensic reconstruction of the skull, sheriff’s Capt. Greg Pollock said Wednesday.

“I hope we can bring some closure to a family … or at least start the process to figure out who this person is and how they ended up out in that field,” Pollock said.

The skull is consistent with that of an African-American woman between the ages of 16 and 22 who died one to 10 years previous to the 2011 discovery of the skull, Pollock said.

Investigators sent the skull and a human femur bone fragment, also consistent with that of an African-American woman, to the FBI, Pollock said.

Anyone who might recognize the photo reconstruction based on the skull is asked to call sheriff’s detectives between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 316-660-5300 or call Crime Stoppers, 316-267-2111.

So far, detectives have not been able to link the skull or bone fragment to any missing person case, Pollock said.

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