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Medical examiner hopes to identify skeletal remains using facial models

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Posted at 11:34 AM, Jan 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-12 16:08:45-05

Richmond, Va. – The Chief Medical Examiner has released facial models in hopes of identifying eight people found dead in central Virginia.

On January 12, the medical examiner released facial models of five men and three women whose faces were found in separate areas between 1972 and 2014.

“We’re working with local law enforcement authorities to help identify these individuals, and we encourage anyone with information that may lead to identifying these individuals profiled to contact us,” Chief Medical Examiner William Gormley said.

The bodies of three people were discovered at separate locations in Stafford County in 1990, 1991 and 1998. Two were found in Caroline County in 1988. One was found in James City County in 1976, one in Henrico County in 2014 and one in York county in 1972.

Forensic anthropologists and artists with the FBI’s Forensic Anthropology Services and Forensic Imaging Unit made the facial approximations.

Photographs of the facial models have been entered into the case files of the National Missing and Unidentified Persons Systems, a computer search engine funded by the National Institute of Justice to help match missing and unidentified persons.