Baltimore County, MD - 1972
On September 12, 1976 members of the Baltimore County Police recovered a body in the street in the Woodlawn area of the county. An unidentified female, approximately 15-30 years in age, 5'-06" to 5'-08" in height, and 159 lbs., was found deceased. She was strangled to death. A number of post-mortem composite renderings have been completed in an attempt to identify the victim. In 2004 forensic artist Det. Ken Lang was requested by the Homicide Unit to complete a new rendition in an effort to bring new attention to the aging murder case. Using the original morgue photograph as a reference, Det. Lang rendered the post-mortem composite (right). Learn more about this case through the Doe Network - Case No. 279UFMD. If you have any information as to the victim's identity, please contact the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit at (410) 887-3943.
Baltimore County, MD - 2006
In 2006 the Sex Crimes Unit was investigating a sexual assault that occurred during the early morning hours. The victim, who was walking to a convenience store, was abducted by the suspect, who dragged her away to a nearby, dark, and secluded area where he committed the sexual assault. The victim recalled that the lighting was poor and the trauma from the attack did not allow her to get a good look at the suspect but for a few seconds at a time with skewed lighting. In spite of the poor lighting, the victim was able to recall all of the facial features of the suspect. This composite was rendered by Det. Lang and published on local media outlets in an effort to identify the suspect. An anonymous tipster would provide vital information about the potential identity of the suspect.
Upon seeing himself depicted on the evening news, the suspect shaved his face, cut and dyed his hair bleach blonde. Despite the effort to conceal his identity the suspect was identified and known photographs of hime prior to changing his appearance were secured.
3D Skull Reconstruction
Baltimore County, MD - 2010
In 2007, a decomposing body was discovered in a wooded area to the rear of a motel district off of Pulaski Highway in the White Marsh community of Baltimore County, MD. The victim appeared to be a female and was dressed in a white blouse, dark slacks and shoes. There were no signs of foul play. However, because the body was exposed to the elements and weather, decomposition took its toll on preventing the forensic artist from rendering a post-mortem composite, resulting in the medical examiner's office having to remove and clean the skull for the 3D skull reconstruction. Due to the humid and wet climate in the northeastern region of the United States, having a fully skeletonized remains is unusual. However, in drier climates, such as the southwest, bodies can be fully skeletonized within a week depending on the heat and weather.
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