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On March 11, 2002, at approximately 1:57 p.m., Illinois State Police responded to a complaint about the discovery of human skeletal remains near milepost 23 on Interstate 70 (eastbound) near Collinsville. , Illinois. The complaint came from workers at the Illinois Department of Transportation who were working nearby and discovered the remains.
The remains were removed from the scene and transported to the Madison County Mortuary in Edwardsville, Ill., Where an autopsy was performed on March 12, 2002. The autopsy did not determine the cause of death, but further examination by forensic anthropologists revealed the following information: The skeletal remains are of a black female, approximately 5’1 “to 5’6” tall (5’3 “at most).
There is no weight estimate and the approximate age is between 24 and 30 years old. The remains are believed to have been in this location for approximately 4-6 months. The skeletal remains were almost completely intact and dressed in gray colored Second Skins branded shorts (size: medium) with rhinestones and a Tommy Hilfiger men’s style button down shirt in red and white plaid flannel style (size: XL). In addition, a men’s style “gold” nugget style ring with two glass stones was found with the remains. The ring originally contained four stones in the frame. The ring has been determined to be costume jewelry and measures 7 1/4. We also found two bracelets. The bracelet is a metal hoop, approximately 3 inches in diameter, smooth on one side with a channel on the other side. A ring of black onyx pearls on an elastic cord is inserted into the channel bracelet. The second bracelet is a combination of three separate bracelets. The second bracelet has many plastic beads (yellow, green, black, purple, and brown) strung with a thin elastic cord that could be stretched. The three separate bracelets were joined by a single oval-shaped metal ring with a small hole in one end that appeared to be intended for hanging a charm.
On June 18, 2002, Illinois State Police released computer recreation footage of a female victim who was originally discovered on March 11, 2002. The footage reflects what the victim might be. look like before his death.
Anyone with information regarding the identity of the victim or the circumstances of his death are encouraged to contact Illinois State Police, Zone 6 Investigations at 618 / 346-3782, or Crimestoppers at 1-866 -371-TIPS (8477).