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Police continue search for information on unidentified woman found in Wheeler Wildlife Refuge

“I’m hoping that we can identify who this woman is and then get some closure to their family,”
Published: Sep. 8, 2021 at 12:29 PM CDT
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DECATUR, Ala. (WAFF) - The Decatur Police Department needs your help identifying a woman found at Wheeler Wildlife Refuge in 2020. On July 31, 2020, officers responded to Wheeler Wildlife Refuge after a fisherman located what they believed to be human remains in the water.

Detectives determined she was between 25 and 50 years old. The woman is described as 5′9″ tall, and approximately 100 to 140 pounds. Police have many ways to investigate and identify remains, like fingerprints and facial recognition. None of them could be used in this case because of the condition of the remains when they were found in the water.

With help from the FBI, a digital forensic reconstruction image of what the woman would have possibly looked like was created.

Detective Sean Mukaddam is the lead investigator in this case and says he has been overwhelmed with tips from all over the country since they released the drawing. Mukaddam says they are carefully going through each tip, eliminating, and not ruling out anything.

“I’m hoping that we can identify who this woman is and then get some closure to their family. Especially if there is a missing persons report out there and this family has been wondering where there loved one is, hopefully this sketch can give them some closure and give us some closure as well,” said Mukaddam.

They do have DNA available and can match it if you think you know this person. If you have any relevant information on this unidentified woman, call the Decatur Police Department or Detective Sean Mukaddam at 256-341-4617 or email smukaddam@decatur-al.gov.

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