Montrose investigators seek public’s help in 1994 cold case
by Lisa J. Church
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Montrose County Sheriff’s investigators have released this photograph of the facial reconstruction for a skull found in 1994. Investigators believe the woman was a homicide victim whose body was dumped near Windy Point on the Uncompahgre Plateau, about 56 miles east of Moab. Courtesy photo
Montrose County Sheriff’s investigators have released this photograph of the facial reconstruction for a skull found in 1994. Investigators believe the woman was a homicide victim whose body was dumped near Windy Point on the Uncompahgre Plateau, about 56 miles east of Moab. Courtesy photo
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The Montrose County Sheriff ’s Office is hoping that new images developed by an FBI facial reconstruction expert will help solve a 1994 homicide.

Investigators in the Montrose, Colo., sheriff’s office are seeking help from the public to identify a woman who has been known simply as “Windy Point Jane Doe” for almost 20 years, said David Harrison, a Montrose County Sheriff’s investigator.

The woman’s skeletal remains were found July 7, 1994, near Windy Point on the Uncompahgre Plateau, about 56 miles east of Moab, Harrison said. The woman is believed to have been between the ages of 35 and 45, and approximately 5-foot 4 to 5-foot 7-inches tall, with reddish-brown hair, Harrison said.

Autopsy reports show the woman suffered from temporo-mandibular joint syndrome (TMJ), scoliosis, and lateral kyphosis of the spine, he said. She also had evidence of “extensive dental work,” according to Harrison.

“We have no idea who she is,” Harrison said. “All we know is that she most likely – where she was found – we believe she was probably dumped there, because no clothing was found.”

He said no missing persons cases in western Colorado at the time matched the description and medical findings from the autopsy report.

“We have never gotten any leads as to who she might be,” Harrison said.

In 1994, the skeletal remains were found by a group of people who were vacationing in the Windy Point area, according to Harrison. The group had gone to watch the sunset and discovered a lower jaw bone as they were walking back to their vehicle.

“It had a gold tooth in it and they began to look around and found the skull,” Harrison said.

The group contacted law enforcement and a search of the area by Montrose County deputies also turned up the woman’s mandible, and spinal column, he said.

A photograph released by Montrose County investigators is a facial reconstruction and is believed to be an accurate portrayal of facial features while the female was alive,” Harrison said.

The case is being investigated as a homicide although the medical examiner was unable to determine an exact cause of death, Harrison said.

Harrison said anyone with information related to the identification of the woman is asked to call the Montrose County Sheriff ’s Office at 970-252-4023.

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