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LSU FACES lab identifying remains of young girl

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Posted: Oct 15, 2010 3:48 PM by Heather Harel
Updated: Oct 15, 2010 4:33 PM
Source: The Daily Reveille

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Members of the LSU FACES lab are working to identify the remains of a young girl found in Catahoula Parish, according to the school's newspaper.

The Daily Reveille reported law enforcement called the school last Friday about a human skull a hunter found in the woods near Harrisonburg. A team drove to the site the next morning and found the rest of the remains in the same general area as the skull.

Director Mary Manheim said the remains belonged to a young white girl between 12 and 16 years old who had been dead between three weeks and six months.

Tests also showed the victim was around five feet tall with thick brown hair, and had teeth that were well taken care of; the team could tell she braces with pink rubber bands and had a gap in her smile, which can help identify her.

“Nobody knows who she is,” said Manheim. “We put out bulletins, but no one’s been reported missing in that area. We don’t know if she was a runaway or if she was abducted.”

If the girl isn’t identified in the next few weeks, the team will put her DNA into a national online database for missing persons and unidentified remains.

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