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Unknown woman’s skeleton found on Christmas Day

Posted on December 20, 2021

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Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone said his detectives investigate every cold case, including the unidentified remains of a skeleton found south of Nashville on Christmas Day 1982.

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Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone said his detectives investigate every cold case, including the unidentified remains of a skeleton found south of Nashville on Christmas Day 1982.

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.

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NASHVILLE — A hunter tracking a deer in the woods came across a grisly discovery on Christmas Day nearly four decades ago.

The hunter found the decomposed remains of woman about a dozen miles south of Nashville on Dec. 25, 1982, near a migrant camp that was closed six to eight weeks earlier.

The remains were decomposed to the point of being nearly skeletonized. Authorities believe the remains were left in the woods around two weeks prior to being found.

“We are always looking at old cases,” said Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone.

Detectives investigate all information they receive about unsolved crimes, regardless of how long ago the crime occurred, said Chief Deputy Brandon Medina.

“Families, friends and the community deserve to have crimes investigated to the fullest extent and to receive some type of closure, to include cases that have been reported to law enforcement regardless of the time frame,” Medina said.

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 100 bodies remain unidentified in North Carolina. This is one of their stories.

The remains belong to a Black woman with an estimated age range of 30-50. She was 5 feet, 6 inches tall with a weight that can’t be estimated. She had black hair and an unknown eye color, according to a medical examiner’s report.

Found with the remains were beige slacks, a T-shirt and panties; a white size 44 bra; and blue flip-flops.

An anteroposterior radiograph of the skull is available.

The woman’s case number in the National Missing and Unidentified Person System is 2183. Anyone with information about the case can call the Nash County Sheriff’s Office at 252-459-4121.

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