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Detectives seek tips about identity of human remains found near Lake Tapps in 2019

On Aug. 28, 2019, an excavator operator discovered human remains on a property near Lake Tapps. He had been clearing debris and garbage on the property when he noticed a blue yard waste bin that was screwed shut. He opened the bin and dumped the contents.

The next day, the operator noticed a blanket, in the shape of a person, with duct tape wrapped around it. He shook the contents out of the blanket and saw bones mixed in with other debris. He immediately called 911 and we initiated an investigation.

Detectives have been unable to identify the remains found on the property. A forensic anthropologist concluded that the remains belong to a woman, 24 to 44 years old, and 5’1″ to 5’7″ tall. The victim is believed to have a set of dentures, which is unusual for someone in her age range.

Detectives are investigating this death as a homicide because the remains were wrapped in a blanket with duct tape and placed in a bin.

While we wait for DNA evidence to be analyzed, we are asking the public to take a look at the rings the victim was wearing. The rings appear to be valuable and could be family heirlooms.

If you recognize these rings or think you know the identity of this woman, please send us a message or submit an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers.

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