Onslow County deputies reopen 1991 cold case, trying to ID female victim

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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office is reopening a 29-year-old cold case and is asking for the public’s help in learning more about a woman.

Detectives are trying to identify the remains of a young woman found in the Hubert-area on December 2, 1991.

Two hunters found the woman’s skeletal remains near the wooded area of Stewart Point Road in the Bear Creek area. Investigators say she was likely killed sometime between the fall or winter of 1989 or 1990.

Detectives believe her body was in the woods a year or two before being discovered in the woods.

Decades later, several agencies helped investigators create a wax representation of the woman’s face and head. She’s described as white, 5’1 to 5’2, and between 20 and 30 years of age.

Investigators say the case is rare because it’s Onslow County’s only cold case where they haven’t identified the victim.

“It always haunts us because it’s someone’s child, someone’s sister, and they don’t know what happened to her,” said Colonel Chris Thomas, with the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office.

The cause of her death is unknown. Investigators say there wasn’t enough of her body left to determine how she died.

“In other words, if the individual was stabbed, there were no marks on the skeleton, you wouldn’t know how they died,” said Thomas.

The woman is in the National Database of Unidentified Victims, but there’s been no success in finding out who she is.

Past leads took them to Florida and Texas, but no arrests have ever been made.

Investigators are treating the case as a homicide. They hope the reconstructive images will help someone recognize her.

If anyone has information they are encouraged to contact the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office.

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