A woman’s body found near the Green River three years ago in unincorporated Kent is among the five forensic sketches released this week by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office in an effort to help identify the people.
A passerby found the woman inside a large suitcase in a wooded area off Frager Road on May 27, 2015.
The woman was white, about 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighed about 106 pounds. She had long, dark hair with gray streaks. She wore full dentures but none were recovered. The woman had no injuries, was properly nourished but had cirrhosis of the liver from long-term heavy alcohol consumption based on the autopsy, according to a King County Sheriff’s Office media release in 2015. She had no scars, marks or tattoos.
It is believed she died in early May 2015.
Detectives responded near the 24900 block of Frager Road South in 2015 after a passerby saw what were believed to be human remains. The body was found in a vacant lot near the Meeker Street Bridge, the Old Fishing Hole Park, the Green River Trail and the Riverbend Golf Complex.
At any given time, there are about 40,000 unidentified remains in the United States, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.
In King County, Dr. Kathy Taylor, Washington’s only forensic anthropologist, investigates these remains with help from law enforcement, and she has released the sketches to see if people can help.
The five cases can be checked out online at kingcounty.gov/depts/health/examiner/unidentified-remains.aspx.
If you have information about any of these cases, call the King County Medical Examiner’s Office at 206-731-3232, ext. 1.
If you know someone who has gone missing, it is important to report them. Once a missing person is in the Medical Examiner’s Office system, it can use familial DNA to help make connections to any unidentified remains that are brought into the office.