NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) Local police departments and the FBI are hoping facial reconstruction models help them solve two cold cases.
The victim of the first case was found on June 6, 2014. The partially mummified skeletal remains were found by workers performing landscaping duties behind a vacant building around 25th street in Newport News.
Anthropologist Dr. Elayne Pope examined the remains and determined to be of a female, white with possible mixed ancestry, 25-40 years of age, somewhere between 5'1" and 5'7".
The cause of the death was undetermined, and the body was too badly decomposed to be identified.
The second case happened on March 28th, 2015 in Virginia Beach. A group of 4-wheelers found skeletal remains in a wooded area off the 1100 block of Virginia Beach Blvd.
The skeleton was fully dressed, but the identity of the person has remained undetermined.
The Department of Health, along with FBI officials and local law enforcement agents held a press conference on the cold cases on Friday. They are hoping the public will be able to identify the reconstructed faces.
"We have had pretty nice percentage of findings in some of these cases, and it's just heartwarming to be able to reach out and tell the families and tell them we have identified someone and they have closure," said a Department of Health official.