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New details emerge on last year’s discovery of skull, bones along I-985

POSTED: January 10, 2017 10:33 a.m.
/Courtesy Gwinnett County Police Department

Gwinnett County Police released this sketch Tuesday of a woman whose remains were found last summer off Interstate 985.

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New details have emerged on Gwinnett County Police’s discovery last year of a woman’s bones in a suitcase along Interstate 985 near Buford.

The woman, between 20 and 29 years old, was probably Asian Indian or Eastern Indian and between 5 feet 1 inch and 5 feet 5 inches tall, police said in a Tuesday news release, which included the release of a sketch of her face.

She had some spinal fusion with slight scoliosis, possibly unknown to her, and signs of healed rib injuries on her left side.

“The remains do not match any missing person cases through Gwinnett County,” police said. “The lead investigator has received numerous tips over the past several months. None of those tips were a link to this victim.”

The news release also states that “by figuring out who this victim is, we can try to determine the circumstances in which her body was abandoned along I-985.

“We feel confident that a family somewhere is missing this young woman. By identifying her, we can try to bring closure to a family while trying to solve this crime.”

A Georgia Department of Transportation worker discovered the remains north of Buford Drive the morning of July 29 when he walked “into the woods to relieve himself,” police said in a statement at the time.

Also, police said at the time they believed she died six months earlier.

Anyone with information is asked to call Gwinnett County’s criminal investigations section at 770-513-5300 or use the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 404-577-8477. Tipsters that give information leading to an arrest and indictment can receive a reward up to $2,000.


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