Police hoping new evidence will crack cold case

Police are hopeful that some new evidence will help crack a cold case in Durham.

Investigators continue to look for the identity of an unknown woman, whose remains were located in

in a field near South Service Road and Holt Road in Clarington – on Oct. 7, 2006.

“Forensic investigators determined the woman was likely between 18 to 25-years of age. It was originally thought that the victim was either Caucasian or of Indigenous descent,” reads a media release.

“The DRPS reached out to the DNA Doe Project Inc. and genetic genealogy suggests the female is of African and South-East Asian descent.”

Although the female’s remains were not found until 2006, it’s estimated that she could have died anytime between 1980 and 2004.

“She had prominent upper teeth and there was evidence of recent nasal surgery,” the media release states.

Originally found with the body was a digital Omni watch with a stainless-steel band which was sold exclusively at Consumers Distributing from 1981 to 1983.

Also found near the remains was a uniquely large, size 9.5 gold ring with a garnet between two one-point diamonds on either side.

The ring has the word ‘Burns’ was stamped inside and the ring is believed to have been sold by Burns Jewelers, a family-run business on Simcoe Street in Oshawa from 1923 to 1994. It was made by A&A Manufacturing in Toronto.

A sketch of the unidentified female has been provided by the DNA Doe Project.

Anyone with new information about the case is asked to contact the lead investigator at 1-888-579-1520, ext. 5319.

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