Thursday, August 9, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- The physical makeup and age of a woman whose skeletal remains were found by kids wandering a creek bed with their baby-sitter on Saturday is becoming more clear. The woman's identity is not.
An investigation by the Gwinnett Medical Examiner's Office has narrowed the black woman's age to between 19 and 22 years old, and her height between 5 feet, 8 inches and 6-feet tall.
Police also revealed Thursday that the woman was wearing a red "Smoke Rise" brand jacket, size large, in addition to a T-shirt memorializing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The T-shirt referenced an event in 2008 that commemorated the 40th anniversary of King's death.
How the woman died is not clear.
"We're treating it as a suspicious death, not a homicide," said Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith.
The baby-sitter and kids found the remains Saturday afternoon in a creek bed near 1414 Azalea Drive in Lawrenceville, behind a house in a wooded area. Smith said the body is estimated to have been there for a least a few months, but less than a year. Police originally said the woman was between 16 and 30 years old.
Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to contact Gwinnett police detectives at 770-513-5300.