ID work under way on skeletal remains of woman found in Fort Worth

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FORT WORTH -- Homicide investigators are trying to identify a woman whose skeletal remains were found last week in a shallow grave in west Fort Worth.

A work crew called police the morning of March 20 after finding what they believed was a human skull in a wooded area where they were working, according to homicide Sgt. Cheryl Johnson.

The area is north of the 7300 block of Calmont Avenue and west of Alta Mere Drive.

Homicide detectives and the Tarrant County medical examiner's office were then called to the scene for further investigation.

Dr. Dana Austin, a forensic anthropologist with the medical examiner's office, and her team located a shallow grave where more human remains were uncovered, Johnson said.

The cause and manner of death are still under investigation.

"Due to the circumstances of the discovery, we're investigating this as a possible homicide," Johnson said.

Johnson said the majority of the bones were found in the grave while others had been scattered in the area, likely after animals unearthed the remains.

She said the remains are believed to be that of a possibly Hispanic or Asian woman, age 20 to 45, and about 5-foot to 5-foot-5-inches tall with a small frame. The woman appears to have had a square chin and extremely long, wavy brown hair that may have measured to her waist.

Johnson said investigators are continuing to comb through reports and databases locally, state, and nationwide for missing women who match that description. Based on the condition of the remains, she said the woman may have been missing anywhere from six months to five years.

Anyone with information is asked to contact homicide Detective Kyle Sullivan at 817-392-4340 or Crime Stoppers at 817-469-TIPS.

Deanna Boyd, (817) 390-7655

Twitter: @deannaboyd

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