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    OR - Polk County, WhtFem UP9457, 45-70, frontal craniotomy, Sept'96



    http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/i...rities_se.html

    Authorities are asking for the public's help in identifying the skeletal remains of a woman found in rural Polk County on Sept. 1, 1996. The remains were located in the hills overlooking the Mill Creek area, according to a press release from the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

    The Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office has determined that the bones are of a caucasian female, believed to be 45 or older at the time of her disappearance. She was between 5 feet and 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a slight build and possible curvature of the spine. She most likely had a complete upper denture and black and gray hair, the release states.

    In addition, her skull showed a surgical incision in the forehead area that stems from a sinus-related surgery conducted years before her death. The surgery may have left a visible scar.


    NamUs: https://identifyus.org/en/cases/9457

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    http://www.1190kex.com/articles/port...-case-12755859

    The decedent's body may have been in the Mill Creek area for as little as a few months up to one year, making the time of disappearance from the fall of 1995 to the summer of 1996.

    After extensive searching of missing person's reports from 1995 and 1996 in Polk County and throughout Oregon brought little in the way of leads to the decedent's identity, it is possible the decedent may have been from another state.

    Due to the suspicious circumstances found at the scene, the Polk County Sheriff's Office investigated this incident as a homicide. Earlier this year, this case was turned over to the Polk County Sheriff's Office Cold Case Team who has worked with OHSU and the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office to develop medical information regarding the surgical scar...

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    They also said the scar may or may not be visible.

    If they are not, then she looks a bit like Rafaela Hays, who was 49, Hispanic, 5'4, and went missing in April '95 from California.

    hays_rafaela.jpg

    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/h/hays_rafaela.html

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    NamUs says: " This surgery would NOT have left a scar on the skin of her forehead, although the healed crescent shape may have been seen through the skin as an indentation or depression." She is also described as having "aucasian skeletal characteristics with possible afro-american genetic admixture".

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    NamUs also says: Update 07/07/14: CT scan by neurologist indicated that the excision was only partial thickness and did not perforate the inner sinus wall of the frontal bone.

    So if they didn't go into the sinus wall, was it a complete incision? It's very odd, and the "partial thickness defect" (e.g. scar-type thing) is too low for a typical frontal craniotomy procedure. There is no hardware to hold the frontal bone back together, and the "defect" is too clean to be a result of trauma. Usually this kind of surgery is for tumor removal but it looks like removal of the frontal bone is incomplete? And from what I can gather, frontal sinus problems can be complication from the craniotomy, but a craniotomy is not done to treat frontal sinus problems. Just super weird, makes no sense whatsoever.

    It will be interesting to see what OHSU thinks about it or if they give us any more information.

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    Even though the NamUs profile was updated this year, I don't see anything different on it. No rule outs.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lulu14 View Post
    They also said the scar may or may not be visible.

    If they are not, then she looks a bit like Rafaela Hays, who was 49, Hispanic, 5'4, and went missing in April '95 from California.



    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/h/hays_rafaela.html
    I like the possibility!



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