On December 23, 2000 human remains were found between a railroad track and a creek in a wooded area along Spinks Chapman Road about 5 miles northeast of Kilgore, Texas. Clothes found at the scene were a white Adidas® shirt with black stripes on the sleeve, blue jeans, white bra and panties, and brown leather shoes from Mexico. Forensic investigators determined the remains to be female, 30-50 years old, approximately 4’0″ to 5’2″ tall, weighing about 115 lbs. While initially thought to be African American, DNA results from Parabon Nano Labs, Inc. indicate she was of mostly Central American heritage, likely with indigenous ancestry. The analysis also showed the woman had black hair, brown or dark eyes, and light brown skin. Authorities believe the woman died sometime between 1999 and 2000.
In collaboration with: CeCe Moore, the lead genetic genealogist with Parabon Nano Labs, Inc.
NamUs ID: UP3467
Date Body Found: December 23, 2000
Race: Native American
Estimated Age: 30-50
Estimated PMI: 1-2 years
Location: Kilgore, TX
Agency of Jurisdiction
Kilgore Police Department
Joey Chitwood, Detective Sergeant
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Status: Research in Progress
Image Credit: Parabon Nanolabs Phenotyping
Last Updated: July 19, 2023