DPS Hopes New Clues Give Face a Name - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/8/07

DPS Hopes New Clues Give Face a Name

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The Brazoria County Sheriff's Office, the Manvel Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety hope new developments will help identify skeletal remains found in northern Brazoria County in 1990.

Two new forensic drawings of the victim's possible appearance with either short or long hair were developed from the victim's skull by a Texas Ranger forensic artist.  To download facial reproductions, pictured right, (click here).

In addition, after the Sheriff's Office reopened the case, the University of North Texas System Center for Human Identification in Denton recently performed an extensive forensic analysis that has provided new clues to the young woman's identity.  Originally thought to be Hispanic in 1990, new forensic analysis indicates the young woman was Caucasian, with the probability of some African-American traits.  According to the forensic analysis, it is likely one parent or one grandparent was African-American.  Her age at the time of her death was determined to be between 17 to 21 years old. Her height was between 4 feet 11 inches and 5 feet 3 inches, with a slight to medium build.

The victim was also wearing six rings, including a silver-colored 1975 Robert E. Lee High School (Houston) class ring-a clue investigators think may help identify the woman.  One online forum has nicknamed the young woman "Princess Blue" because of the color of the stone in the class ring.  To see pictures of the rings (click here).

"The ring is an important clue," said Manvel Police Detective Sgt. Jay Coffman.  "It could have belonged to a friend, a young mother, a relative or the woman herself.   Anyone who was a student at Houston's Robert E. Lee High School in the seventies who lost, sold or let someone else borrow a similar ring should contact authorities."

The skeletal remains were discovered in a trash-dumping area at the end of County Road 101, just east of Highway 288 on Sept. 10, 1990 inside the Manvel city limits.  Investigators have not determined a cause of death or when she died, but her death is considered suspicious. No clothes were found with the remains.

A person with a missing family member matching all or part of this description and timeline should also contact authorities.  A DNA test from a living relative could be used to identify the woman.

In addition to the high school ring, other jewelry found includes:

  • One silver-colored ring with a turquoise horse or unicorn
  • One silver-colored band with a scroll design
  • Two silver-colored bands
  • One pearl-type beaded bracelet
  • One gold-colored band ring with six clear stones

Anyone with information regarding this investigation can contact the Manvel Police Department at the 281-489-1212 or e-mail Sgt. Coffman at jcoffman@manvelpd.org.

They can also contact Brazoria County Sheriff's Investigator Richard Rosser at 281-756-2218 or e-mail him at richardr@brazoria-county.com.

This (DPS case # U03-10-014) and other unidentified cases are profiled online at the Texas Department of Public Safety's Missing Persons Clearing House (click here).

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