Police: Found remains are female

Photo by Tori Boone

Photo by Tori Boone

NORCROSS -- Skeletal remains found near Norcross last week were those of a diminutive young female, age 15 to 21, said police, who released photos of her clothing Monday in hopes of culling public input.

The victim, found Dec. 6 by a pedestrian in a wooded area near Forest Vale Drive, was dressed in typical teenager garb and was carrying several changes of clothes, police said. Among the clothing was an Old Navy T-shirt, Mossimo and American Eagle jeans, black sweatpants and a leopard print bra.

The victim's race remains unknown, and no further information has surfaced as to how long she may have lain in the area. She was about 5 feet 2 inches tall, police said.

Investigators believe the victim had been dead for at least several months. The cause and manner of her death is still under investigation. The case has been labeled a possible homicide.

"There are some aspects of the case that the investigators are not releasing, which are leading them to believe that foul play may be involved," said Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli.

Hers was the second body found last week labeled a suspicious death by Gwinnett police.

On Thursday, a demolition crew found the body of a missing 49-year-old Lawrenceville man who suffered from schizophrenia beneath an abandoned Suwanee trailer.

Wesley T. McMurry, who'd been missing since he wandered from his mother's home in March, was identified through dental records.

A worker found the remains under a mobile home marked to be torn down to make room for future road construction, police said.

Police urge anyone with information about the incidents or the female's identity to call the Gwinnett County Police Department at 770-513-5300 or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS.

Anonymous tips are welcome and could lead to a reward of up to $2,000.