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Ohio AG, county coroner unveil development in 2018 cold case

Posted at 9:52 AM, Jul 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-01 12:45:31-04

CINCINNATI — Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and Hamilton County Coroner Lakshmi Sammarco discussed a development in a cold case from May, 2018.

With the help of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Cincinnati Police Department and the Ohio State University, officials unveiled a 3D skull of an unidentified woman who was partially buried outside of the Alston Apartments at 421 Glenwood Avenue.

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With the skull, a bust of the woman was constructed. Yost said he hopes this will help jog someone's memory so this woman can be properly identified.

"Nobody should slip quietly, unknown and alone, into the night," Yost said. "Somebody recognizes this lady. She has a name."

Sammarco said fingerprints and DNA were collected from the body, but they didn't match to anybody in the system. That is why this bust is important.

"It is really important to have a bust of what she might have looked like," Sammarco said. "We're hoping, that somebody out there recognizes enough features on this bust to say that could be my mother, grandmother, sister, cousin. Somebody might have some information."

Sammarco said her office is not investigating this as a homicide. She said the goal of the investigation is to find out who this woman was and give their family closure.

"We would just really love to know who she is," Sammarco said. "If that person, whoever that person or people were, who attempted to bury her, if they could give us information, anonymous or otherwise... it would be greatly appreciated."