Millersville, Maryland (Arundel News Network) – On Wednesday October 18, 2017 around 1:30 p.m. police from Southern District responded to the area of Holly and Chesapeake Drive in Shady Side for recovered remains. Officers that responded located skeletal human remains along the shoreline.
The scene was secured and an extensive search was conducted by patrol, detectives and members of the Department of Natural Resources. The remains were transported to the OCME for a post mortem examination. The preliminary assessment by the OCME revealed that the decedent was a Causcasion, Hispanic or Asian female approximately in her mid-twenties to thirty years of age and was about 5 feet 3 inches.
The Office of Chief Medical Exmainer has been thoroughly examining the recovered human remains and have made conclusions. They have concluded that the human remains display apparent trauma with the manner being homicide.
The Anne Arundel County Police is utilizing DNA Phenotyping in order to assist in identifiying the unknown human remains. DNS Phenotyping is the prediction of physical appearance from DNS. The Anne Arundel County Police have stated that “It can be used to generate leads in cases where there are no suspects or database hits, to narrow suspect lists, and to help solve human remains cases. DNA carries the genetic instruction set for an individual’s physical characteristics, producing the wide range of appearances among people. By determining how genetic information translates into physical appearance, it is possible to “reverse-engineer” DNA into a physical profile. Snapshot reads tens of thousands of genetic variants (“genotypes”) from a DNA sample and uses this information to predict what an unknown person looks like. “
The police is urging anyone with information to come forward. They may call the Homicide Unit at 410-222-4731. If you want to remain anonymous you can contact the Anne Arundel County Police Tip Line at 410-222-4700 or Metro Crime Stoppers.