Artist Tries To Recreate Look Of Murdered Woman

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Gila County Sheriff’s Office has released an artist’s conception of what the unidentified female might have looked like.

It’s been nine months since an anonymous woman’s body was found murdered off the Young Road.

Despite releasing facial reconstruction photos in February, investigators have no new clues to work with.

Now the Gila County Sheriff’s Office has released an artist’s conception of what the unidentified female might have looked like. Hopefully, the drawings will bring new life to the case, said Det. George Ratliff with the Gila County Sheriff’s Office.

The sketches depict a young woman, possibly white or Hispanic between 18 and 24 years old with shoulder-length brown hair. The drawings put a face where one was missing.

When the body was found, little remained of the woman’s identity. Ratliff believes the body sat six months in the forest off Young Road before being found.

It was an early morning in July 2010 when a camper and his dog were out hiking in the forest. An odor from a patch of saplings caught the dog’s nose.

The dog tugged the man to the source of the smell, an unclothed woman’s body. Besides the body, there was not anything else around to clue detectives in on who the woman was or how she had come to end up in the forest.

Ratliff believes foul play is involved due to blunt force trauma to the skull.

Detectives think the woman was 5’6” to 5’7” tall and weighing 110 to 120 pounds.

“She had fake fingernails painted bright blue, as were her toenails,” Ratliff said.

There was also a size 5 stainless steel ring with a square white stone nearby. Tests revealed the woman had alcohol and marijuana in her system.

Anyone with information can contact Ratliff at (928) 474-2208 ext 2825 or Det. Jamie Garrett at (928) 474-2208 ext 5380.

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