Forensic Reconstruction - Valley Center Jane Doe
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The fragmentary skull of a young murdered woman was found in San Diego, California. Forensic artist Karen T. Taylor did illustrations to show how… Read More
The fragmentary skull of a young murdered woman was found in San Diego, California. Forensic artist Karen T. Taylor did illustrations to show how the woman would have looked when alive. Eventually the right person saw the images and she was identified. Read Less
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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.