The Will County Coroner's Office and Othram Team to identify a Young Woman Found in 1981

The young woman, found only 20 feet off the side of the road, has been unidentified for over 40 years


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Published September 24, 2021 by Michael Vogen
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In April 1981, the skeletal remains of a young woman were found off I-80 near Route 30 in New Lenox, Illinois. The cause of death is not clear, although there was no clothing found at the scene and investigators believe the body was intentionally place where it was found. The young woman was described as caucasian, blonde, standing at around 5’5, and between the ages of 23-40 years old at the time of her discovery.

There was evidence of an antemortem nasal fracture, signifying a recent break prior to the young woman’s death. It is estimated that she likely died a year prior to her discovery. There were few clues at the scene and all leads have been exhausted. Multiple women have been ruled out as a match for this person.

The Will County Coroner’s Office has now engaged Othram to leverage advanced forensic DNA testing to generate new leads that could help identify the young woman or a family member. If anyone has information that could aid this investigation, they are encouraged to contact the Will County Coroner’s Office at 815-727-8455. A DNASolves crowdfund has been established to cover the costs of testing for this case. The case is also logged in NamUs as UP3153.

Michael Vogen

Michael Vogen

Director of Case Management

(832) 906-4247
8301 New Trails Dr Ste 110, The Woodlands, TX 77381

Michael works with law enforcement agencies throughout the United States and Canada on “unsolvable“ cases that can benefit from advanced DNA testing methods. He helps these agencies use cutting edge DNA sequencing and new forensic techniques to develop investigative leads for their cases.

About Othram Inc.

Othram is the world’s first private DNA laboratory built specifically to apply the power of modern parallel sequencing to forensic evidence. Othram’s scientists are experts at recovery, enrichment, and analysis of human DNA from trace quantities of degraded or contaminated materials. Founded in 2018, and located in The Woodlands, Texas, our team works with academic researchers, forensic scientists, medical examiners, and law enforcement agencies to achieve results when other approaches have failed. Follow Othram on Twitter @OthramTech or visit to learn how we can help you with your case. With anyone can make a difference and help solve the next cold case.

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