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    UK - Manchester, 'Angel of the Meadow' WhtFem Skeletal, 16-30, buried, Jan'10

    Skeletal remains of woman 18-35 found in Angel Meadows, Manchester in January of 2010.
    She was a Caucasian woman aged 18-35 and between 5”1’ and 5”7’ in height. She was discovered with a distinctively patterned pinafore style dress, wearing a blue bra, and a blue jumper. A black high-heeled shoe was also found. A white plastic Guinness measuring chart, thought to be used in pubs, was also uncovered along with a long off-cut of an orange carpet.

    She was murdered sometime between 1960 and 2009 (based on the clothing I am assuming closer to 1960).

    Here is the link at Crimewatch: http://www.bbc.co.uk/crimewatch/appe...s_murder.shtml which has a video

    And some more recent information about the case:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england...ester-10933380

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    I agree, I think her clothes and that orange carpet suggest the 1960s or 1970s. The pinafore with the "lady and gent" pattern survived intact remarkably well while the rest of the clothes were fairly disintegrated. The fabric weave suggests it might be double-knit polyester, a synthetic that presumably would last longer.
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    The latest article indicates that they're ,looking at someone that might recognise the cuttings in the carpet. My personal theory is that this young woman worked in a local pub and was killed after work by either a coworker, customer, or maybe someone that saw her leaving through a back entrance alone after work... The carpets might have been the pub's old carpets that had just been replaced with new ones.

    If she hasn't been reported by friends or family as missing, it's possible she was out of touch with family and any coworkers thought she had moved away - especially if it was one of her last days at work, or she had talked about leaving earlier, or maybe even if the pub itself closed soon after and the staff didn't keep in touch?

    The fabric seems extremely distinctive, I hope someone that knows vintage fabric seems it somewhere and knows what year it was made, maybe recognises anything specific about it...

    They do have this woman's DNA profile so hopefully they'll at least find out who she was, if not who killed her...

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    Unidentified woman's body, found at Angel Meadow FEB. 2010

    This article was posted today but it looks like she was found sometime in Feb. 2010.I'll post what I find.

    Unsolved Murder: Unidentified woman's body, found at Angel Meadow
    June 07, 2011


    Forensic artists are producing a facial reconstruction of a murdered woman found dumped in the city centre – in a bid to finally identify her.

    The M.E.N. can reveal that experts at Dundee University are recreating the victim’s face using her skull, which was found by workers on a building site on Miller Street.

    Detectives are also waiting for the results of new tests which should help narrow down the woman’s year of birth.

    It is thought the remains belonged to a white female aged anywhere between 16 and 30.

    Her body could have been lying there for between 12 months and 50 years.

    A team led by Dr Caroline Wilkinson, from Dundee University’s forensic and medical art department, is using state-of theart facial mapping
    techniques to reconstruct the woman’s features.

    http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereven...t-angel-meadow
    Last edited by mysticrose; 06-07-2011 at 09:46 AM.
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    Woman's bones found in a carpet in Manchester TV appeal
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    Detectives investigating the discovery of a woman's skeleton on a building site in Manchester have made a fresh appeal on BBC's Crimewatch.

    The victim's bones were discovered wrapped in a carpet by workmen at a site in Miller Street, near the CIS Tower on 25 January.

    A post-mortem examination found the woman had a fractured neck, collarbone and jaw.

    Police, who are treating it as a murder inquiry, believe she died in the 1970s.

    A blue jumper and blue or green bra were recovered among the remains, while a green pinafore with large buttons was found nearby.

    The pinafore has a distinctive design and police are hoping someone recognises the items

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/e...er/8535879.stm
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    Woman's skeleton found on Manchester building site
    Page last updated at 14:46 GMT, Tuesday, 9 February 2010


    A murder inquiry is under way after a woman's skeleton was found wrapped in carpet on a building site in Manchester city centre.

    The bones were unearthed after a skull was spotted by workmen at a site on Miller Street, near the CIS Tower.

    It was treated as non suspicious until post-mortem tests found the woman had a fractured neck, collarbone and jaw.

    Police are unsure how long the body has been there and are now looking through missing persons files

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/e...er/8505435.stm


    Some items of clothing were found near the skeleton


    Police are hoping someone recognises the clothing
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    Woman's bones 'named' by viewers on BBC's Crimewatch
    Page last updated at 08:29 GMT, Friday, 26 February 2010


    Detectives trying to identify a woman whose remains were found rolled up in a carpet are investigating possible names given by Crimewatch television viewers.

    The murder inquiry was aired on the BBC programme on Thursday night.

    A piece of plastic found near the skeleton on a building site in Manchester may also hold clues.

    Det Ch Insp Jeff McMahon told the programme: "We've had a good response, with some new names that are fresh to the inquiry."

    He said police would continue to look into the new names as well as extracting DNA from the body

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/e...er/8538095.stm


    The court shoe was found near the remains and is thought to belong to the victim



    The piece of plastic may hold 'vital clues' , detectives have said
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    Another specialist has carried out Carbon14 testing on her teeth and bones and concluded the victim was born sometime between 1950 and 1954. She is believed to have been killed in the 70s or 80s.

    ...

    The woman was between 5ft 1in and 5ft 8in tall when she was killed. She was a modern day size 12 and is most likely European but could have come from the Middle East or Indian sub-continents.

    She had a number of fillings in her teeth and had a missing first upper right pre-molar, meaning it would have been visible when she smiled broadly.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz1XIWHhsGC


    Determining this female's ethnic background is difficult, but it is believed that she is more likely to be a European female, but they are unable to exclude her from being from the Middle East or Indian Sub- Continents.
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    Along with the skeleton, officers found a pinafore dress that had a distinctive pattern featuring a man and a woman with the words 'Madam' and 'Monsieur'.

    Police now know that numerous prints of this type were manufactured and worn between 1973 and 1976.

    The method of manufacture and the type of fabric used would tend to suggest that the pinafore was cheaply made and mass produced for the lower end of the high street, possibly a market stall.

    Also found was a blue 'skinny-rib' jumper, this was typically worn under pinafore in the mid-seventies and a pair of tights.

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    The dark blue carpet was cut to fit inside a Ford Cortina
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/crimewatch/appe...s_murder.shtml

    The shoe and the jacket have been dated to the 1980's but the BBC site says it's not certain if they are linked with the victim.
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    Investigation into human remains found at Angel Meadow held up

    http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereven...lice-incidents

    October 22, 2012

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    Greater Manchester Police launched a wide-reaching investigation which included hours of painstaking detective work and intensive forensic testing but she has still not been identified and her killer has not been caught.

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    A pinafore dress, scraps of underwear and one stiletto shoe

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...mily-link.html

    By HARRIET ARKELL
    PUBLISHED: 09:38 EST, 22 November 2012 |
    UPDATED: 13:02 EST, 22 November 2012


    <snipped>
    Yesterday Detective Chief Inspector Joanne Rawlinson, of Greater Manchester Police, said they had 'good reason to believe' that the woman may be from Tanzania, after they were contacted by a family there.


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    An interesting story arose from the investigation....

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/ar...ppearance.html

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    That apron is very unusual.. ive never seen anything like it.

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    http://www.manchestereveningnews.co....greater-878986

    Can anyone find any info about ann withers missing 1968 ( 3rd pic along )

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    This is certainly an interesting case and practically every article has a different estimated tod-1980 being about the average. Surely they have a better way to determine how long she has been dead than just looking at her style of clothes. There was a murder several decades ago where an individual was murdered and dressed up in a medieval costume with the hope that people would think the skeleton was hundreds of years old however the ruse didn't work-hopefully someone else recalls it or I'll post the name of the case if I remember or find it. At any rate, I do remember reading somewhere that the Angel, although Caucasian, may have been raised in East Africa. I assume this was determined from a mineral analysis of her bones and teeth. The British got out of East Africa in the early 1960s so that might push her back a bit in time. The most famous East African murder, unsolved, was the killing of Lord Erroll in 1941 and all the lurid stories about the notorious Happy Valley Gang.
    This my opinion and to the best of my knowledge, that is, if I'm not joking.


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    She has now been buried...

    http://www.manchestereveningnews.co....victim-8846364

    Angel of the Meadow murder: Mystery victim finally laid to rest five years after remains found in Manchester

    06:00, 16 March 2015

    The unidentified ‘Angel of the Meadow’ murder victim has been laid to rest in an unmarked grave – five years after her remains were discovered in Manchester city centre.

    The mystery woman has been buried in Southern Cemetery in a state-paid service that was attended only by two Greater Manchester Police detectives who have spent four years working on the unsolved murder case.

    Her remains were unearthed in January 2010 by builders working on the Co-op’s new £100m headquarters off Miller Street in Manchester city centre – an area historically known as Angel Meadow.....

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