The Center for Missing and Exploited Children said the Racine County Sheriff's Office and the Milwaukee Medical Examiner's Office have exhumed her body in hopes of gathering more information.
The body was found on July 21, 1999 in Racine, Wisconsin, along 92nd Street. It is estimated that she died within 24 hours of being found.
The victim is described by NCMEC as a white female between the ages of 18 to 30 years old, 5'8" tall and weighed approximately 120 pounds. She had reddish brown, collar-length curly hair that had highlights. Both of her ears were pierced twice. Her teeth were not in good condition, suggesting she may have received little to no dental care. And she was found wearing a grey/silver country Western shirt embroidered with red flowers on the front.
The Racine County Sheriff's Office says her left ear had a deformation consistent with "cauliflower ear" and slightly protruding front teeth, and the shirt was a men's shirt with pearl-style snap buttons. The sheriff's office says the woman appeared to have suffered severe abuse.
The body was taken to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office for further testing. Authorities hope advancements in technology will provide more clues.