Unidentified Female Found December 29, 2008 in North Mahoning Township, Indiana County
Race/Ethnicity: believed to be black or hispanic Estimated Age: 30s or 40s Estimated Height: 5'1" Clothing: Elastic-banded shorts, similar to running shorts, size unknown, possibly gray in color. Dentals: Available. A partial upper denture was found with the remains. Dental information has been entered in NCIC and NDIR (National Dental Image Repository). DNA: samples submitted, tests not complete State of Remains: skeletal - most of the bones were found except for bones of the hands/feet. Cause of Death: Single gunshot wound to the back of the head.
On Monday, December 29, 2008, a worker for Holt Drilling Company was preparing to drill a well on private property in a secluded area off of Leisure Run Road in North Mahoning Twp when he stumbled upon a human skull about 10 feet from the drill site.
Investigators recovered the skull, jaw bone, several long bones and some vertebrae along with a partial upper denture in December 2008. In April 2009, most of the rest of the skeleton was found 20 yards away from the initial discovery. The torso was in a black plastic bag just under the surface of the ground, but it did not appear that she had been buried.
The remains were determined to be a female adult, probably African American. A single bullet wound was found in the back of the woman's skull. There is evidence of post-mortem saw marks on the long bones. She may have been dumped at the site between 5 and 15 years prior to discovery.
If you have any information about this case, please contact:
Indiana County Coroner's Office 724-349-4511 or Pennsylvania State Police Troop C - Punxsutawney Barracks 814-938-0510
Sources NamUs KDKA Indiana Gazette Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Pittsburgh Tribune-Review