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Investigators Still Seeking Public’s Help to Identify Skull

HELENA – Investigators are again reaching out to the public in hopes of identifying human remains found south of Red Lodge more than three years ago.

The remains were found in June 2004, about 15 miles south of Red Lodge off of U.S. Highway 212. Lab analysis indicated the skull was that of a young, adult, white female and she may have had light brown hair. Investigators figure the remains were at least three years old when they were found.

The FBI did a facial reconstruction and in July of this year, state and local law enforcement released an image of what the woman may have looked like. Notably, the reconstructed face has an asymmetrical nose, with one nostril higher than the other. Investigators are hopeful that feature will jog someone’s memory.

“While facial reconstruction may not create an exact match, it can portray a likeness of what this person may have looked like when she was alive,” said Agent Len Knutson of the Division of Criminal Investigation. “If it looks like someone familiar, we encourage people to contact us.”

During the summer, the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office and the Division of Criminal Investigation distributed more than 200 posters around eastern Montana and northeastern Wyoming. In the coming weeks, a billboard will be erected near Red Lodge.

“We’ve had a few tips since July, but so far we’ve been unable to identify this person,” Knutson said “This area is popular with tourists, so it’s very possible she is from somewhere other than the immediate area.”

Anyone with tips or information should contact Carbon County Undersheriff Dan McJunkin at (406) 446-1234 or Agent Knutson at (406) 896-4376.

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