Douglas County Deputies need help identifying human remains

Douglas County Deputies along with State Police are trying to figure whose remains were found along the Umpqua River back on October 1, 2016.

Posted: Dec 27, 2017 3:23 PM
Updated: Dec 27, 2017 5:03 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. - Oregon State Police and Douglas County Sheriff's Deputies need help identifying human remain found along the Umpqua River.

It's part of the State Police #HelpIDMe series.

Officers said on October 1, 2016, a fisherman found human remains on the bank of the river near Gardiner.

Officials said they belong to a white woman, approximately 35-55-years-old.

They said a backpack was found near the remains, with a number of personal belongings including:

• Two metal water bottles, one with a logo for the 2010 class alumni of the University of Puget Sound
• Two dark colored t-shirts
• A light colored long shirt/dress
• Purple above-the-knee length socks
• A crochet scarf consisting of black, orange and pink yarn
• A crochet slouch-cap, orange in color with colorful bands near the hem
• A pair of eyeglasses and a pair of sunglasses
• A hair comb and hair accessories
• A dropper bottle of essential oil (Bach brand "Rescue Remedy")
• Burt's Bees lip balm
• A hand mirror, tweezers, and additional toiletries
• A cloth wallet with a leaf pattern

"We have a full DNA profile on this skeleton, and that profile is being compared to all the other profiles nationally of missing persons, the family reference standards of missing loved ones, to try and help identify her," said Dr. Nici Vance, a Forensic Anthropologist.

Officials said based on the condition of the remains, they believe the individual had been dead for at least a few months before being discovered.

If you have any information regarding this case or who this unidentified woman may be, please call the Douglas County Sheriff's Office tip-line at 541-957-2088.

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