Human remains of petite, black woman found in Bossier City

Monday, July 4, 2011 - 11:49am

A tip to police led them to a wooded area in the middle of Bossier city Thursday evening.  That area in the 3100 block of E. Texas Street became a crime scene overnight.

Officers responded minutes after an anonymous caller reported human remains in the wooded area.  Officers secured the area throughout Thursday night until the investigation could continue Friday morning.

LSU Forensic anthropologist Mary Manheim and her team arrived at the scene around noon Friday to help police and the coroner with the investigation.

Manheim told FOX 33 the remains appear to be those of a mature, black female, very petite around 5 feet 9 inches or 5 feet 10 inches.  She believes the woman was between the ages of 25 and 40 years old.

Early assessments show the remains may have been in the woods anywhere from two to nine months.  Manheim also added that the woman has fillings in her teeth, which may make it easier to identify her with someone already reported missing.

Authorities are now looking into missing persons' cases in the area to try to find a match.  "In any case like this, in which remains are found or a body is found under unusual circumstances, certainly, the possibility of homicide is something that detectives will look at," said Bossier City police spokesman Mark Natale.

Manheim and her team will work with Bossier coroner Dr. John Chandler to do a complete analysis of the remains to identify who this woman is and how she died.

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