KBI, Osage Sheriff ask for help identifying woman's remains

Pictures of the jewelry and glasses found with remains of a body found near Melvern Lake. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is asking for the public's help identifying the woman. (Source: KBI)
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OSAGE CO., Kan. (WIBW) -- Authorities are asking for the public's help identifying the woman whose remains were found last month at Melvern Lake.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Osage Co. Sheriff's Office say her body was found on August 25. They suspect she may have been a homicide victim.

Forensic anthropology experts from Washburn University have been studying the remains, KBI said. So far, they have determined she was:

  • Likely Hispanic, but possibly white;
  • Probably between 35-50 years old, possibly between 30-65;
  • 5'2"-5'8" tall.
  • Wearing a small "No Boundaries" brand shirt; "Helix" brand pants, size 32x30; and "Fruit of the Loom" brand, size 44 bra.

Also, found with the woman were a silver ring that spells "love" in cursive writing, a gold or bronze ring with a red stone, and gold or bronze framed eyeglasses. (see picture)

They estimated she died sometime between April and July of this year, however, they noted, her death could have occurred as far back as last fall.

Anyone who believes they can help identify this woman, or who has information about this crime, is asked to contact the Osage County Sheriff’s Office at 785-828-3121 or the KBI at 1-800-KS-CRIME.