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Earrings could be big clue in dead woman’s case

Posted on May 4, 2022

Updated on May 15, 2022

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Pictured is an earring worn by a woman found dead in an abandoned house in Craven County is 2008. She wore this yellow metal loop earring in her left earlobe.

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Pictured is an earring worn by a woman found dead in an abandoned house in Craven County is 2008. She wore this yellow metal loop earring in her left earlobe.

Pictured are three earrings worn by a woman found dead in an abandoned house in Craven County in 2008. She wore the metal earring with a red stone in her left earlobe and the two yellow metal earrings with green stones in the right earlobe.

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Pictured are three earrings worn by a woman found dead in an abandoned house in Craven County in 2008. She wore the metal earring with a red stone in her left earlobe and the two yellow metal earrings with green stones in the right earlobe.

Pictured is an earring worn by a woman found dead in an abandoned house in Craven County is 2008. She wore this yellow metal loop earring in her left earlobe.

Contributed photo

Pictured is an earring worn by a woman found dead in an abandoned house in Craven County is 2008. She wore this yellow metal loop earring in her left earlobe.

Pictured are three earrings worn by a woman found dead in an abandoned house in Craven County in 2008. She wore the metal earring with a red stone in her left earlobe and the two yellow metal earrings with green stones in the right earlobe.

Contributed photo

Pictured are three earrings worn by a woman found dead in an abandoned house in Craven County in 2008. She wore the metal earring with a red stone in her left earlobe and the two yellow metal earrings with green stones in the right earlobe.

Pictured are three earrings worn by a woman found dead in an abandoned house in Craven County in 2008. She wore the metal earring with a red stone in her left earlobe and the two yellow metal earrings with green stones in the right earlobe.
Pictured is an earring worn by a woman found dead in an abandoned house in Craven County is 2008. She wore this yellow metal loop earring in her left earlobe.

Unidentified is a weekly series examining the more than 120 cases of unidentified human remains discovered in North Carolina. News Editor Lindell J. Kay produces each installment for The Enterprise of Spring Hope and other Restoration NewsMedia newspapers.

Click here to read previous installments in the series, along with case updates and additional resources, on Kay's Unidentified blog.

DOVER — A set of earrings found on an unknown woman’s dead body 14 years ago may one day lead to her identification.

On Feb. 5, 2008, authorities responded to a call of a woman’s corpse found in an abandoned house on a large farm in Dover, a small town on U.S. 70 in Craven County between New Bern and Kinston.

Investigators believe the woman may have been homeless and may have been squatting at the house.

Washed ashore, unearthed in shallow graves, stumbled upon in the woods, discovered in abandoned houses, killed on busy roads and located in rivers, ponds and along railroad tracks, more than 120 bodies remain unidentified in North Carolina. This is one of their stories.

The remains belong to a Black woman. She wore a yellow metal loop earring along with a yellow metal earring with a red stone in the left earlobe and two yellow metal earrings, each with a green stone, in the right earlobe.

Believed to have been 40 to 60 years old when she died between 2007-2008, the woman stood 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighed 116 pounds.

The woman had curly gray hair. She wore a dark, long sleeved turtleneck shirt, dark blue sweatpants and dark socks.

The status of DNA information isn’t clear, but chest and abdomen radiographs are available for comparison, according to the National Missing and Unidentified Person System, which lists the woman’s case as number 6260.

Anyone with information about the case can call the Craven County Sheriff’s Office at 252-636-6620.

Editor’s note: Unidentified is a weekly series examining the more than 120 cases of unidentified human remains discovered in North Carolina. News Editor Lindell J. Kay produces each installment for The Enterprise of Spring Hope and other Restoration NewsMedia newspapers.

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