Dead Woman’s Tattoo Held The Key To Her Identity
I can't imagine being a police or sheriff's officer. You have to deal with the worst situations on a daily basis and sometimes you have nothing to go on in a case. That is the problem that was facing the Dona Ana County Sheriff's Office. They were asking the public for their help in identifying the remains of a woman found in the New Mexico Desert.
FOUND BY PASSERBY
According to the Dona Ana County Sheriff's Office a passerby saw and reported what they believed was a dead body around 2:30 in the afternoon on Friday, October 15. The passerby reported that the body was in the desert near the Las Alturas frontage road west of the Mesquite exit on I-10 in southern Doña Ana County. When Dona Ana County Sheriff's Office got to the scene they found a deceased female, possibly Caucasian, with shoulder length hair. Sheriff's deputies say the woman was between the ages of 20 and 35 years old and that her body was just out of sight of what is known locally as the “quarry.” She had a tattoo that the Dona Ana County Sheriff's Office released a photo of in the hopes that someone might recognize it and give them an idea as to who the woman is.
Earlier this afternoon, the Dona Ana County Sheriff, Kim Stewart, told me in an email that the woman was identified at 4 p.m. today through a federal database. Sheriff Stewart said "We are in process of locating relatives before we release her name." I'm glad the woman was identified. Our condolences go out to the family.