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Seeking dentists’ help with unidentified woman


June 6, 2013
by The American Dental Association

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is asking for dentists’ help in identifying a woman found near an abandoned farm in 2008.

The center released X-rays of the woman’s teeth, photographic and sketch facial composites created by forensic artists of what the woman may have looked like in real life and a photo of what she was wearing, believed to have been purchased at a Family Dollar Store or a general retailer, according to a poster released by the NCMEC.

The woman, estimated to be between 15 and 21 years old, was found on Nov. 23, 2008, near an abandoned farm off Skyline Drive, which is about one mile north of Highway 28 and east of Interstate 41 in Fond du Lac County, Wis.

Investigators think she was deceased for several months before she was found and likely died during the summer or fall of 2008. The woman is thought to be white, but authorities have not ruled out Hispanic or Native American. She had long light brown to dark blonde hair and was between 4 feet 10 inches and 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighing between 110-135 pounds, the center said.

Her teeth were in good alignment and she had fillings in four of her bottom molars. An anthropological exam revealed she had spina bifida occulta but possibly never knew she had the condition. It was also suggested she might have been knock-kneed or pigeon-toed, where her feet turned slightly inward.

Investigators found a well-healed fracture to one of her left ribs, suggesting she suffered some type of injury earlier in life. She was found wearing a size small black shirt and size 3 jeans, according to the NCMEC.

Anyone with information should contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s Forensic Services Unit at 1-800-843-5678 and reference NCMEC number 1115220 or National Missing and Unidentified Person System case number 3043.

The NCMEC is a nonprofit organization that assists law enforcement and families in finding missing children and reducing child sexual exploitation and victimization.

For more information you can visit our site at: www.ada.org or you can follow the ADA on Twitter @AmerDentalAssn

About the American Dental Association
The not-for-profit ADA is the nation’s largest dental association, representing 157,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public’s health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA’s state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA’s flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit www.ada.org. For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA’s consumer website www.MouthHealthy.org.





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