- Valley Center Jane Doe Identification
In 2002, I did a 2D facial reconstruction on a very fragmentary skull found in 1999 in a remote avocado grove in the San Diego, California area known as Valley Center. Several years passed. Then, someone at the Doe Network made a potential connection between the unidentified skeletal body and a missing young woman from Redlands, California. Ultimately, this led to her positive confirmation of identity after 15 years.
- This image shows the areas that had to be speculatively re-built in clay before I could attempt to reconstruct the face. There was no bony nasal aperture, no left zygomatic arch (cheekbone), no maxilla and very little mandible. I found it helpful to re-build the upper and lower teeth in clay as an aid in determining the facial height. The insertion of a pencil through the mandibular notches is a very useful technique from Grant's Anatomy that will help determine accurate mandibular placement.
- This sad photo shows the young victim with the infant son that she left behind.