Human remains found by a fisherman in the Mokelumne River on Sunday are those of woman approximately 25 to 40 years old, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.
The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office and Sacramento County Crime Laboratory are examining the remains for physical evidence in an effort to identify the woman.
In the meantime, sheriff’s detectives are asking the public’s help in identifying any current missing person, or people who may be missing who would match the woman’s description. Detectives believe she may have gone missing sometime in March, according to a Sheriff’s Department news release.
The woman is described as Caucasian or Hispanic with a light complexion and shoulder-length brown or auburn hair. Detectives believe she would have been 5-foot-2 to 5-6 with a medium build, the news release said.
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The woman had double piercings in each ear, but no earrings were found. She also had a gray tongue stud with round ball ends, and had a noticeable gap — about an eighth of an inch — between her two upper front teeth and a similar gap between her lower two front teeth.
The Sheriff's Department responded about 9:30 a.m. Sunday to a call from the the 100 block of Brannan Island Road, in south Sacramento County, after a fisherman found a bag containing the remains in the river.
Detectives ask anyone with information pertaining to the homicide case to call the Sheriff's Department at 916-874-5115 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at 916-443-4357. Tip information also may be left anonymously via the Sheriff’s Department’s website, www.sacsheriff.com, or by calling 916-874-8477.