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KBI and Osage County authorities seek help identifying victim at Melvern Lake

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Osage County Sheriff's Office have requested help from the public identifying the remains of a woman found Aug. 25 at Melvern Lake. It is believed the woman was the victim of a homicide.

Forensic anthropology experts from Washburn University assisted law enforcement in studying the remains. They reported that the deceased individual is female, and likely Hispanic or Caucasian. They provided a likely age range between 30 and 65 years of age. She was believed to have been 5-foot-1 inches to 5-foot-9 inches tall. The report suggested that she was killed and has been at the scene since sometime between late Fall 2016 and July 2017.

KBI agents and Osage County Sheriff’s deputies are also releasing information about the woman’s clothing and jewelry to hopefully aid in identifying the victim. Her shirt size was small, and the brand “No Boundaries.” Her pants size was 32x30, and the brand “Helix.” Her bra size was 44 and the brand “Fruit of the Loom.” She was wearing several items of jewelry which include: a silver ring that spells “love” in cursive writing, a gold or bronze ring with a red stone, a silver bangle bracelet, and gold or bronze framed eyeglasses.

Anyone who believes they can help identify this woman, or who has information about this crime, is asked to contact the Osage County Sheriff’s Office at 785-828-3121 or the KBI at 1-800-KS-CRIME.This investigation is ongoing. Photos below are courtesy of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

The victim's bracelet found at the scene.

The victim's glasses.

The victim was wearing a "love" ring.

The victim's ring.

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