There is still hope that a woman's bones found in West Chester can be identified coming after a discovery in West Chester just a bit more than a year ago.
On March 7, 2015, police say some young people hiking in the woods near Tylersville and Cincinnati-Dayton roads found a skull that afternoon.
From there, a few other bones were found, and the investigation was then headed up by the Butler County Coroner’s office to try to identify the remains.
To this day, investigators have been unable to do that.
“It’s a great mystery,” said Butler County Coroner Dr. Lisa Mannix.
Within the last year, some work has been done in an effort to ID what is now presumed to be the remains of a woman.
From the bones, a facial reconstruction rendering was created of what experts believe to be what the woman looked like in hopes that someone would be able to recognize her.
"We can find an answer. Maybe we won't. I hope we do. For this person and her family, that would bring closure,” Mannix told FOX19 NOW.
It’s believed the woman is white, and between 35 and 60 years old.
Other than that, there’s not much more to work with.
But, investigators did find eyeglasses, clothing including a shirt and size 12 blue jeans and some black shoes, at the scene. At the time, it was believed the woman had been there about six months.
But, how did she get there? How did she die? All of these are questions investigators may never be able to answer.
“It's unlikely that we'll be able to determine a cause and manner of death,” Mannix said.
All of the information about the woman that investigators have been able to determine, including the items discovered at the scene and DNA samples are now in a database known as the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, or NamUs.
Mannix says the woman had “unique” dental work and dentures.
Photos and radiographs of the work have been circulated by the coroner throughout the dental community to try to help identify the woman.
According to the NamUs database page set up for the woman, seven people have been ruled out as possibly being her, including two people from Kentucky and three people from Ohio.
“These cases are solvable,” Mannix said.
Mannix says she’s received several tips about this woman, but nothing has panned out though she’s still asking for the public’s help.
If you know anything about who this woman is, you’re asked to contact the coroner’s office or police.