Authorities have identified woman whose skeletal remains were found in Dedham

The woman whose remains were found last week near a cemetery in Dedham has been identified, Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey’s office said Monday.

The name of the woman and more details about her death are expected to be disclosed by Morrissey Monday afternoon. He is also expected to ask for more help from the public in finding out what happened to her.


Morrissey announced the discovery of the skeletal remains on Friday, asking for help in identifying the woman, who was described as a young African-American woman of medium height wearing a Marist College sweatshirt and two pieces of jewelry.

The woman’s remains were found around 6 p.m. last Tuesday by a man crossing a wooded patch near a low-lying nook between the town’s snow dump, the edge of a senior housing complex, and the back of Brookdale Cemetery on High Street.

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She was wearing a nondescript pair of sweatpants, a spiral ring, and a slim bracelet with a charm engraved with the word “peace.”

Morrissey said last week that an anthropologist determined that the woman was in her late teens or early 20s and was about 5-foot-6. But they did not yet know how she died or how she ended up in the woods behind the parking lot near 379 High St., where Dedham Public Works dumps snow.

A cause of death was being sought by the state medical examiner’s office.


The area where the bones were found is a half-mile east of Dedham Center, in a mostly residential area of well-maintained houses. More a thicket of trees than a forest, it is out of sight from the road, below the town’s still-melting pile of gravel-colored snow and abutting the edge of a senior housing complex called O’Neil Gardens.

John R. Ellement of the Globe Staff contributed to this report. Eric Moskowitz can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @GlobeMoskowitz.

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