Investigators have released a new composite sketch of an unidentified woman whose skeletal remains were discovered in Texas last October.
The victim’s remains were found in a garbage bag in the 12500 block of Walters Rd. in north Harris County, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. She was wearing a green T-shirt with the character Smurfette on it and dark Capri pants.
Authorities estimate the victim could be 15 to 17 years old, but her exact age is unknown. According to a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office, she is believed to be white and possibly part African American, and she could be from central Texas.
Her cause of death is still a mystery, due to the advanced state of decomposition of the remains.
“Our homicide investigators are handling the case, but again, it is impossible to determine how this female died unless someone comes forward with information,” sheriff’s office media relations manager Christina Garza said in an email Tuesday.
The Houston Chronicle reported that forensic artist Lois Gibson created the new sketch based on an analysis of the remains, which may have been in the bag for about month before they were found.
Homicide investigators have little information about the case and are hoping this sketch will help them develop leads and identify the victim.
Anyone who recognizes the woman or has any information about the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. A reward of up to $5,000 is available for tips leading to an arrest and prosecution.