A fresh appeal to the public has been made by police investigating the remains of an unidentified person known only as “the woman in yellow”.
Her body was found more than 36 years ago in a bushland area which has since been cleared and is now the northern Darwin suburb of Leanyer.
The adult Indigenous woman’s body was found by a bush walker in the vicinity of what is now Lee Point Rd and Fitzmaurice Dr, on May 27, 1987.
Watch the latest news and stream for free on 7plus >>
“A small piece of yellow clothing was found on the remains,” NT Police said.
Cold case detectives have now utilised advancements in DNA and facial reconstruction technology to create a profile and image of the woman in the hope someone may recognise her.
Grisly discovery off major highway in NSW
Remains found in Tasmanian bushland confirmed to belong to missing teen
The remains of the woman in yellow were discovered in 1987, in the bushland that is now Lee Point Rd and Fitzmaurice Dr in Leanyer. Credit: NT Police/ Google Maps
“The newly created image of this missing woman will hopefully result in someone, somewhere, knowing something,” NT Police acting deputy commissioner Michael White said.
“We are seeing advancements in technology every day that eventually lead to breakthroughs in cases where police efforts had previously been exhausted.
“No one should have their remains sit unidentified, and no family should have to suffer the pain of not knowing what happened to their loved ones.”
People are encouraged to share any information, relevant items or records with police that may assist in helping to provide a name for the unknown woman.
The appeal is part of NT Police efforts for National Missing Persons Week.
“This year, the focus is on Unidentified Human Remains (UHR) and the importance of identifying these remains to provide closure to families and loved ones,” NT Police said.
The state currently has 64 other UHRs which it now hopes new technology will help to identify.
“(We) strongly encourage families of missing persons to attend their local police station and provide DNA,” NT Police said.
“This DNA will then be compared with UHR from all over Australia and may provide the information needed to solve these cases.”
Man who buried ex-girlfriend alive in revenge act learns fate
Mum’s agony over alleged fatal bashing of teenage son: ‘She could have helped’
If you’d like to view this content, please adjust your Cookie Settings.