HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) — Nearly four weeks after the remains of a young woman were found in the Mississippi River in northeast Missouri, officials still have no idea about her identity.
A national database is being enlisted to help solve the puzzle.
Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Shinn told the Quincy, Ill., Herald-Whig that the young woman found Sept. 15 near Hannibal is almost certainly not from the area. He says the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in Alexander, Va., is joining in the effort to identify her.
The victim was apparently 15 to 30 years old, about 5-foot-3 and weighing about 135 pounds.
A medical examiner ruled the case a homicide.