Richard "Romel" Taylor

Pulaski County Missouri

Jimmy Bench, sheriff

PROGRESS MADE IN IDENTIFYING REMAINS OF CHILD IN DIXON

Since discovering the skeletal remains of an adolescent child near Dixon, Missouri, last October, the Pulaski County Missouri Sheriff’s Department is another step closer in its attempt to identify the deceased child.

“Over the past eight months this agency has been diligently working on the case, with the first priority being to identify the deceased. This week marks another significant step in concluding this endeavor, with the completion of a Forensic artist’s depiction of the victim after a model of the skull was constructed,” advises Sheriff Ron Long. “The completion of the drawings, along with information received from the forensic analysis of the skeletal remains, highly elevates the possibility of identifying this young victim.”

In addition to Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department Detectives, assistance has been received from numerous outside agencies, including the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), the Mid-States Organized Crime Information Center (MOCIC), the Center for Human Identification (University of N. Texas), and numerous other Federal, State and Local law enforcement agencies. Thanks to the persistent efforts of these organizations, information and photographic depictions can now be released regarding the personal appearance of the unidentified deceased child:

The deceased is believed to be an adolescent child between the ages of 8 and 13; the sex is undetermined at this time. It is most likely the child is of Mestizo ancestry, which is an admixture of Native American, Hispanic, Latino and Mexican. The attached images depict facial reconstruction completed by a NCMEC Forensic Artist showing what the child may have looked like in life. Two depictions are attached, one of a male and the other of a female, due to the sex being undetermined after DNA analysis.

If you have any information about this case, please contact the Pulaski County Missouri Sheriff’s Department at 1-573-774-6196, or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST)

A skull of a young child was recovered in Pulaski County, Missouri on October 26, 2013. The skull was found in a wooded area approximately 30 feet off Highway 28 in Dixon. It is unknown how long the skull had been at that location but it is estimated that the child had been deceased at least on year before being found. An anthropologist examined the skull and estimates that the child was 8-13 years old. Sex could not be determined. The lower jaw was not recovered with the skull but an exam of the upper teeth did not find any evidence of dental fillings or orthodontic work. The anthropologist noted the child was likely of Mestizo ancestry which is an admixture of Native American, Hispanic, Latino and Mexican. The above images are a facial reconstruction completed by a NCMEC Forensic Artist that depicts what the child may have looked like in life. The artist used the skull to create two images of a child. One that depicts the child as a female and the other as a male. Since the lower jaw was not recovered the jaw is the artist's interpretation and only an approximation.

ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT

THE PULASKI COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE (MISSOURI) 1-573-774-7948 1-573-774-6196 OR 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE -LOST)