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Sketch released of woman whose severed head was found in Barstow

March 12, 2010 |  3:40 pm

Composite Barstow police released a composite photograph Friday of a young woman or teenager whose severed head was found on the side of a desert road.

A man scrounging for cans on Lenwood Road made the gruesome discovery last month after he picked up a backpack lying on the ground near Interstate 15 at California 58, said Det. Keith Libby of the Barstow Police Department.

Inside he found the decomposing head of a 14- to 19-year-old Latina or white woman with brown hair. The head was wrapped in two plastic shopping bags.

Authorities estimate the victim was killed approximately three days before the discovery, Libby said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Barstow police at (760) 255-5134. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call (800) 78-CRIME.

--Amina Khan

Photo: Composite photograph of woman whose severed head was found in Barstow.

Credit: Barstow Police Department

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