Police Release New Images in Hopes of Solving 1993 Bridgeport Cold Case

Twenty-five years have passed since police found the badly burned body of a woman in a lot in Bridgeport and they are hoping new tools will help identify her and solve her murder.

Police have turned to DNA and new technology and they have released images of what the woman might have looked like in hopes that someone will recognize her.

Bridgeport police found the woman’s body in a vacant lot at Lafayette Street and Railroad Avenue in the south end of Bridgeport on June 5, 1993. Her body was severely burned, and unidentifiable, according to police.

The Office of the Chief Medical examiner was able to determine the woman was likely between 25 and 35 years old and that her death was a homicide, but not who she is.

Police have now turned to Parabon NanoLabs in Virginia, which they said specializes in DNA phenotyping and predicts physical appearance and ancestry from unidentified DNA evidence.

And Snapshot depicts predictions made for the person the DNA is from, including ancestry, eye color, hair color, skin color, freckling and face shape.

“In releasing these images, our hope is that someone will recognize the person depicted in the Snapshot composite and contact us,” Bridgeport Police Captain Brian Fitzgerald, head of the Detective Bureau, said in a statement.

“Although we have some leads in this case, identifying the woman who was murdered will bring our investigators closer to determining what led to the death of this victim,” he added.

He is asking anyone who recognizes the person depicted in these images or who has information about the case to contact us at 203-576-TIPS (8477).

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