Boston police and Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office are seeking help in identifying a woman whose body was found last year in the chimney of a Dorchester building in hopes that someone might recognize her description. The woman’s remains were found by workmen at 17-19 Winter Street on Oct. 14. This case was profiled on the America’s Most Wanted television program this past Saturday. Anyone with knowledge of the woman’s identity is urged to call the Boston Police Department Homicide Unit at 617-343-4470 .Below is a video of a digital reconstruction of the victim, showing what she may have looked like at the time of her death.
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Investigators believe that the woman stood about 5’2” tall and was between 25 and 35 years of age at the time of her death. Evidence suggests that she died at least a year ago and possibly as many as five years ago.
Forensic anthropologists have indicated that the woman was of mixed ethnicity, likely Caucasian and Latino, with possible African-American and/or Asian ancestry as well. Medical experts have advised investigators that she had at least one child in life, and had no scars, tattoos, or broken bones.
A possible key to the woman’s identity is the distinct dental plate she was wearing at the time of her death. The plate, which would have been worn in her upper palate, contained two teeth and was missing a third. Based on certain grooves on her teeth, it is believed that this acrylic plate replaced a metal one that she had worn previously. Civilian dental experts have indicated that the style and construction of the plate indicates that it may have been made either in the Caribbean or in the United States by a dentist from Haiti or Jamaica.
View a PDF document with victim photos and details
Visit the America\’s Most Wanted page on this case.
See also: “Boston Police Seeking Victim Identification in Causeway St. Death Investigation in wich the BPD is seeking another identification on a found body.