Mystery in Maryland: The FBI tried to identify the skeleton of a sportswoman found in a national park.
Last Wednesday, the FBI's Baltimore field office said in a statement that a group of hikers in Catoctin Mountain Park had found a woman's foot Saturday afternoon.
The FBI is working to identify the skeleton of a woman whose body was found near a hiking trail in a national park in Frederick County, Maryland.
Last Wednesday, the FBI's Baltimore field office said in a statement that a group of hikers in Catoctin Mountain Park had found a woman's foot Saturday afternoon, still in a red Nike sneaker.
Almost to the brink of bones, the rest of his body was found by police on Sunday. The woman had long, black, braided hair. He was wearing a black tracksuit, a wristband, and sneakers. She was also carrying a small Puma brand bag. But the other foot and a hand are still missing, FOX 5 reported.
Local press reports detailed that he had almost no tissue left in his body. According to researchers, this may mean that it lasted between one and six months. He was also wearing light clothing, indicating that the weather was warm when he died, according to The Washington Post.
"It is sad. It's disheartening," Richard Ruggieri, an FBI special agent, told The Post on Wednesday. "This person has a story to tell. That's the first thing we have to find out". In addition to the Puma bag and a set of keys, the police found a blue turtle that said El Salvador and another that said "Love (love)."
Investigators have not identified the cause of death. Still, they believe that the fauna of the place could have caused the partial dismemberment of the body. Coroners will analyze the remains for specific trauma, according to The Post.
"Everything is on the table," said Ruggieri.
However, two clues disturb the police: no abandoned car was found near his body, and no disappearance was reported in the previous days," The Post reported. The National Park Service confirmed that it was supporting the investigation.
Located about 60 miles northwest of DC, the 5,700-acre park features hiking and camping trails.