Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner and Cleveland Police Department Seek Assistance to Identify Female Found on Dibble Ave.

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Christopher Harris, (216) 443-7157

CLEVELAND – Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas P. Gilson and the Cleveland Police Department are seeking assistance from the public and media in identifying an adult white female found under suspicious circumstances in a vacant lot at 5605 Dibble Avenue on October 17, 2016.

The state of the decedent’s body suggests she was deceased for several weeks prior to recovery. Examination of the body revealed a gunshot wound of the head, and the case has been ruled a HOMICIDE. Additionally, the decedent was missing several upper and lower teeth, however her front teeth were intact. Weight and eye color could not be determined.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office has exhausted all efforts to identify the decedent, and has been unsuccessful thus far. The Cuyahoga County Regional Forensic Science Laboratory developed a DNA profile of the decedent, which is now available to be used for comparison with potential matches. Even if you have not reported a family member as “missing”, please consider contacting our office if this decedent fits the description of someone you are related to.

Family members can include parents, children, siblings, and grandparents. It’s critical to understand that DNA submitted by family members for identification purposes, will only be used for identification. DNA submitted for identification will not be used in investigations other than identification.

Additional details include:

Location: In a vacant lot at 5605 Dibble Avenue.
Description: White Female (with possibility of Asian or Native American heritage).
Estimated age: Long dark hair
Estimated age: 30’s – Mid 40’s
Height: Approximately 5”4 - 5”6
Clothing: Gray boxer shorts/pajama bottoms, "Genuine Dickies" brand. Size medium.
Medical: Likely to have been pregnant at least once (Note: This may or may not mean the decedent has living children)

Anyone with information about the identity of this decedent should contact the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office, Investigative Unit, (216)721-5610, press option #1.