PORTLAND, NY (WNY News Now) – New clues about an unidentified female victim, found buried in a shallow grave along a hiking trail in northern Chautauqua County, were released on Tuesday.
The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office released images of clothing, worn by the unidentified woman who was discovered by a hiker in September 2021 in a wooded area along the “rails to trail” just off of Woleben Road in the Town of Portland.
The FBI has been working with local investigators, who have determined the victim to be between the ages of 15 and 35-years-old. She was also around 4’11” and/or 5’7”.
Research indicates the clothes were first sold in the early 1990s and the unidentified is estimated to have been at the site where she was recovered since 2011, or earlier.
The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who can recognize the clothing, or has any knowledge of a missing person who might have been wearing the outfit, to contact them at (716) 753-4973 or email UnsolvedChautauqua@sheriff.us.
This was not the only body recovered along the northern Chautauqua County trail. Marquita Mull, a 50-year-old from Buffalo, was also found deceased.
So far, the law enforcement agency has said the only known connection between the two bodies is the location where they were discovered.
However, investigators said it is possible the unidentified person may also be from the Erie County, New York area.