On October 24, 1988 mushroom hunters found human remains in a wooded area off a logging road north of Elma, Grays Harbor County, Washington. Forensic scientists determined she was a small female of uncertain race/ethnicity, of stocky build, 4’10” to 5’2” and 100 pounds. She had dark brown hair. The woman, estimated to be in her late 20s, died of a gunshot wound to the head sometime between 1982 and 1987. Grays County Coroner reports that at the time there was a large transient population of Cambodian refugees, among whom mushroom hunting was a popular activity. Consequently, investigators think she was possibly of Southeast Asian descent. Scraps of clothing found at the scene included a white multi-colored blouse with floral pattern, blue shirt, black pants, and new dark blue slip-on shoes.
NamUs ID: UP12855
Date Body Found: October 24, 1988
Race: Uncertain (possibly Asian or Native American)
Estimated Age: 25-40
Estimated PMI: 1-5 years
Location: Elma, WA
Agency of Jurisdiction
Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department
Darrin Wallace, Chief Civil / Investigations Deputy
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Status: Research in progress
Image Credit: Carl Koppelman
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Last Updated: January 4, 2023