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Remains of mystery woman found in Angeles National Forest still puzzle authorities

July 8, 2010 |  8:28 am

An artist's impression of the woman whose remains were found last year in the Angeles National Forest after the Station fire.

Ten months after the remains of a woman were found in the Angeles National Forest following the Station fire, authorities still have not identified the victim. The remains of the woman's body were found after the massive fire swept through, with several pieces of jewelry nearby, including a gold-colored necklace and three gold-colored rings with multicolored stones.

L.A. County coroner's officials on released a composite Jane Doe sketch. Officials believe the victim was white or Latino woman, from 20 to 40 years old at the time of death. The sketch was created using clay reconstruction technology.

The woman's skull was found Dec. 26 in a burned-out area below Angeles Forest Highway, two days after hikers there discovered a male skull with a bullet hole, officials said.

After the first discovery, forensic experts scoured the site with cadaver dogs, which found the second skull, officials said. Examination of the other bones found near the skulls led forensic experts to conclude that the remains were of a man and a woman.

Investigators have said the man and woman were likely left in shallow graves, which were "partially unearthed" by the Station fire and ensuing rainfall, said Ed Winter, assistant chief at the coroner's office.

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-- Melanie Hicken, reporting for the Glendale News-Press