Body of unidentified woman to be exhumed in Waupun

Body of unidentified woman to be exhumed in Waupun
Posted at 3:52 PM, Apr 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-24 16:52:13-04

WAUPUN, Wis. (AP) — Authorities have revealed new information in the case of an unidentified woman found in a frozen creek in eastern Wisconsin nearly 10 years ago.

The Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Office released a new facial reconstruction of "Jane Doe" Monday. Authorities will also exhume the body this week to run more tests, USA Today Network-Wisconsin reported.

Forensic anthropologists will examine the remains using techniques that weren't available when the woman's body was found, sheriff's officials said. Investigators may learn where the woman lived and her approximate age by using chemical isotope analysis. DNA testing can determine eye, skin and hair color, as well as genetic ancestry and face shape.

Learning the woman's identity is the first step in determining what happened to her, said Sheriff's Detective Pete Vergos. It may take between six and nine months to get test results, depending on the quality of the remains, he said.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children helped create the new facial reconstruction. Center officials recommended creating a new composite because advancements in technology could improve the image originally created in 2009.

"In releasing this new facial reconstruction, the sheriff's office hopes someone recognizes the new image and takes the time to report a tip," a news release from the sheriff's office stated. "It only takes one person to recognize her and assist us in reuniting her with her loved ones."

A group of hunters found the body in a frozen creek in Ashford in November 2008. The woman's body was kept in the Fond du Lac County morgue for three years before her remains were buried at Cattaraugus Cemetery just before Christmas in 2011.