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Jessica Brown
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 04/29/09                 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE           


Skull Reconstructed from Lake Thunderbird Remains

OSBI Forensic Artist Harvey Pratt has reconstructed the skull of an unidentified woman whose remains were found at Lake Thunderbird in Cleveland County August 31, 2008.

The medical examiner's office believes the remains are those of a white female possibly with Native American heritage who was approximately 5’, 5” tall and between 30 and 45 years old. She also had at least one child. M.E.’s investigators believe she had been buried in a shallow grave for between 3 and 12 months before her discovery.

A distinctive sunburst tattoo was on a large portion of the woman’s back. Investigators have sent photographic copies of that tattoo across the state and surrounding states hoping someone in the tattoo business would recognize the work. That effort has not generated any leads yet.

In the meantime, OSBI is working on a DNA profile of the woman to enter into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) database for a possible match with either a convicted offender or a missing person profile. That process will take several more months.

If anyone believes the reconstructed skull resembles a person they know and have not seen for more than a year, please contact the OSBI at 1-800-522-8017 or leave information on the OSBI tipline on the OSBI website at www.ok.gov/osbi.


Lake Thunderbird Skull Reconstruction Photo