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Coroner's office seeks help on 50-year-old Joliet cold case

Unidentified woman
Unidentified woman

Officials from the Will County Coroner’s Office have reopened a cold case from 1968 and are seeking information to help identify the victim.

On Sept. 30, 1968, the body of an unidentified woman was found in a wooded area on Interstate 55, south of Joliet. She appeared to be the victim of a homicide and was dragged 110 feet into the woods, where she was then covered with tree branches, Will County Deputy Coroner Gene Sullivan said.

“It is unsure who the murderer is and who this victim is,” Sullivan said.

The woman was 5-feet, 5-inches tall, weighed 135 pounds and was between 20 and
30 years old, according to the coroner’s office.

On July 2, fellow deputy coroner Joe Piper and Sullivan visited the American Indian Center of Chicago to speak to them and share information.

“We believe she’s Native American, and another test points toward a percentage of Asian,” Sullivan said.

Investigations also point toward the woman spending time in the northeastern portion of the U.S. and southeastern Canada. She also had a deformed ear and finger.

Anyone with information on the case is urged to call Sullivan and Piper at 815-727-8455 or email jpiper@willcountyillinois.com and gsullivan@willcountyillinois.com.

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