NM NM - Tara Woodman, 18, Albuquerque, Oct 2004

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  1. Rle7

    Rle7 New Member

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    The woman has a secret identity.

    It's soaked in her shirt, dirty and bloody.

    It's in her bones, dry and scattered in the West Side desert.

    But is it in this face? Is this her face?

    For the first time in Albuquerque, a face has been reconstructed from the skull of a Jane Doe homicide victim.

    Detectives hope the sight of it and her distinctive shirt will stir up a memory of the woman and move someone to call in with her name.

    Detective Rich Lewis with the Albuquerque Police Department's Cold Case Unit would be happy to get even a hint of her identity, residence or history.

    "We're not going to give up until we identify her," Lewis said. "I'm hoping someone sees this and says, `That might be my sister, my daughter, my wife.' That is what I'm hoping to get."

    When that happens, Lewis said the case has enough clues that it should be solvable.

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  3. Marie

    Marie Daughter, if you don't remember us...who will?

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    Here are the reconstructions. Very distinctive nose and thin face.



    The woman's skeleton was found in the desert on the city's far West Side on Feb. 25, 2005, by a hiker.

    Lewis tracked the shirt to a campaign advocating healthy lifestyles for American Indians, specifically the Navajo Nation.

    Her T-shirt was likely handed out during a race in Chinle, Ariz., in late May 2004.

    In the summer of 2007, the DNA got a hit.
    A woman estimated at between 14 and 23 years old stole a car in San Juan County in February 2002 from a home just outside the Navajo Nation border, Lewis said. The young woman sped into Farmington, crossed into oncoming traffic and crashed. She was burned beyond recognition, but her mitochondrial DNA was put into the national Combined DNA Index System, or CODIS.

    "The match means they could be (from) sisters to zero relation," Lewis said.
    "Maybe a mom is missing two daughters," he said.
  4. Donjeta

    Donjeta Adji Desir, missing from Florida

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    Tara Woodman
    The victim was located on February 25, 2005 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was identified in February 2008, as Tara Woodman.



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