Medical examiner needs your help identifying remains of teen found in 1980

Medical examiner needs public's help identifying teen found in 1980 (Photo courtesy Clark County)

The Clark County Medical Examiner needs the public's help identifying a teenage girl whose remains were found nearly 37 years ago.

The girl's remains were found in a wooded area near Fly Creek in the county's northeast corner on Feb. 24, 1980. She was between 13 and 18 years old when she died, which was possibly in the late 1970s.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children released new, computer-generated images of the girl's face Monday, in hopes of someone recognizing her.

"Hoping to jog people's memories, see if they remember anyone like her that went missing in the late 70s or early 1980," said NIkki Costa of the Clark County Medical Examiner's Office.

The medical examiner has had success recently with a similar plea for tips in an even older Clark County murder case.

"About a year-and-a-half ago, we were able to identify a young woman who had remained unidentified for 41 years. And that hinged on DNA. So I'd say never say never," Costa said.

That victim in a 1974 murder was identified through DNA evidence as Martha Marie Morrison from Portland.

Anyone with information that could identify the girl in the 1980 case or lead to her killer is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Tip Line at (360) 397-2036 or the Clark County Medical Examiner (360) 397-2595.

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