The Fulton County Sheriff’s Department released new information on Wednesday regarding human remains found in town last year in hopes of identifying the person.
According to a press release, investigators determined the person was female, black and in her late teens to late 20s. Police also said she was between 5-foot-1 and 5-foot-6, and had a notable gap in her front teeth.
The department released three sketches of what they believe the person looked like prior to her death.
The skeletal remains were found the morning of Dec. 17, 2015, by an excavation crew working in a gravel pit off of Green Road in Ephratah. At the time investigators did not know the probable race of the person or that she had a gap in her front teeth.
The remains were sent to Albany Medical Center for an autopsy the next day. Former Fulton County District Attorney Louise K. Sira said at the time it would be difficult to determine how long the body had been there, and that no soft tissue remained on the skeleton when it was found.
A cause of death in the case has not been released. Acting Fulton County DA Chad Brown declined to say if authorities had determined the cause of death.
“That’s not something I would get into at this point,” Brown on said Wednesday. “It’s still an ongoing investigation.”
In their press release Wednesday, the Sheriff’s Department thanked several agencies and people for their assistance in the case, including the state police’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Forensic Investigation Unit, forensic anthropologist Elizabeth DiGangi of the University at Binghamton, forensic anthropologist Vincent Stefan of Herbert H. Lehman College, and forensic artist Regina Barry of the Dutchess County DA’s Office.
The Sheriff’s Department is asking anyone with information about the remains to contact them at 736-2100. Brown said tipsters can also call in to the county’s crime hot line at 736-5561.
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