2015 Ephratah bones discovery continues to puzzle investigators

January 31, 2019 06:49 PM

Thursday evening at 6 p.m. NewsChannel 13 launches a new series of reports profiling unsolved crimes from around the Capital Region. Some you'll have heard of. Others, you'll be learning about for the first time.

We'll be revisiting crime scenes, tracking down the people involved and sharing whatever new information we're able to uncover. It's all in the interest of generating new leads for investigators still eager to solve these cases.


Our first #ColdCase13 file is "Jane Doe" from Ephratah.

A crew moving gravel in December 2015 unearths something with an excavator. They think it's just trash – until they look closer. The "trash" was actually human remains that had been buried in a shallow grave.

This was an African-American female, presumptively in her early 20s and about 5 feet, 3 inches tall.

A forensic artist took the mostly skeletal remains and using clay, was able to create a rendering of what the victim might have looked like. However, in three years - investigators have been unable to put a name with the face. They're not even positive the person has been reported missing.

What they are positive of is this was no accidental death. This woman was murdered likely by someone who lived -- and may still live locally. Someone who knew the area well enough to choose a gravel pit far off the beaten path to bury the victim.

Investigators are eager to identify the victim, so they can then get to work tracking down her killer.

Coming up on and NewsChannel 13 Live at 6, the challenges they've been facing, the evidence that was uncovered still attached to the victim's remains and why they're confident someone out there can tell them who this woman is whose life was cut short.


Jerry Gretzinger & WNYT Staff

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