Author Topic: BACA COUNTY JANE DOE: F, 19-24 - Remains found in field SW of Springfield, CO - June 3, 1988  (Read 123 times)

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https://apps.colorado.gov/apps/coldcase/casedetail.html?id=4961

The skeletal remains of an unknown female were discovered June 1988 in Baca County, CO southwest of Springfield, CO and northwest of Pritchett, CO. The body was located lying in an open field but had been there for approximately one year before discovery. We believe the female to have been of Indian and/or Hispanic origin. The roads near where she was discovered are frequented by truck drivers normally attempting to avoid the port. Dental characteristics are available. Clothing: grey corduroy Levis size 30 X 31. Leg cuffs had been hemmed up to 271/2" inseam. A bra, size 34B, and a beige colored winter coat with white synthetic fur collar and 4" fur cuffs. Money: a 1986 quarter was found in the pocket. The remains were buried in Springfield City Cemetery in 2005. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Baca County Sheriff's Department

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http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/116ufco.html


Artistic rendering of the victim

Date of Discovery: June 3, 1988
Location of Discovery: Baca County, Colorado
Estimated Date of Death: Approximately one year prior
State of Remains: Unknown
Cause of Death: Probable homicide

Physical Description
Estimated Age: 19-24 years old
Race: Hispanic/Native
Gender: Female
Height: 5'2" to 5'4"
Weight: 130 lbs.
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Unknown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: She had never given birth.

Identifiers
Dentals: Available. Extensive dental work, including two silver cast crowns - one upper and one lower on the left side. Based upon her dental work, it is possible she either came from Mexico or from along the Mexican border.
Fingerprints: Unknown
DNA: Unknown

Clothing & Personal Items
Clothing: Gray corduroy Levi pants (size 30X31) with the leg cuffs hemmed up to 27 1/2" inseam, a bra (size 34B), and a beige winter coat with white synthetic fur collar and 4" fur cuffs.
Jewelry: Unknown
Additional Personal Items: A 1986 D quarter was found in the pocket.

Circumstances of Discovery

The victim's skeletal remains were discovered scattered in an open field in Baca County, southwest of Springfield. Most of the skeleton was located and had been bleached by the sun. Part of the spine was still connected.

The roads near where she was discovered were frequented by truck drivers attempting to avoid the port.

She was laid to rest in the Springfield City Cemetery in 2005.

Investigating Agency(s)
Agency Name: Baca County Coroner's Office
Agency Contact Person: Dr. Morrow
Agency Phone Number: 719-324-5251
Agency Case Number: LE: F88-170

Agency Name: Baca County Sheriff's Office
Agency Contact Person: N/A
Agency Phone Number: 719-523-4511
NCIC Case Number: N/A
NamUs Case Number: Not listed

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Baca County is the southeasternmost of the 64 counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 3,788. The county seat is Springfield.

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Baca County Jane Doe has been identified as Nora Elia Castillo of McAllen, Texas.




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https://www.texomashomepage.com/news/national/remains-of-missing-mcallen-woman-identified-in-colorado-35-years-later/

Remains of missing McAllen woman identified in Colorado 35 years later

by: Steven Masso Posted: Nov 3, 2022 / 02:45 PM CDT

MCALLEN, Texas (ValleyCentral) — Authorities in Baca County, Colorado, have identified the remains of a missing McAllen woman 35 years after her disappearance.

Nora Elia Castillo was formally reported missing in 1996 — but the reporting party told authorities that she had been missing since 1986 or 1987, a post from the Baca County Sheriff’s Office stated this week.

The reporting party told the McAllen Police Department that her last contact was a collect call from “somewhere in Colorado,” the post stated.

In June 1988, a farmer reported to authorities that he found what believed were human remains, 20 miles southwest of Springfield, Colorado.

A coroner responded to the scene and confirmed the remains — stating that they had been there for one to three years. Authorities searched the area for several days, the post stated, but to no avail.

“Nothing was found to be able to identify the remains or to assist in determining how or why the person had died, or how they ended up in the farmer’s field,” the post stated.

After an “extensive investigation,” the remains were given the name Jane Doe and buried at the Springfield Cemetery.

On Dec. 12, 2021, the woman’s remains were exhumed in order to obtain new DNA samples.

On Oct. 6, authorities received word of a possible DNA match with a family member who had submitted a sample to the McAllen Police Department, which received the sample from a woman searching for her missing mother Nora Elia Castillo, the post stated.

With evidence collected from McAllen PD, investigators with the Baca County Sheriff’s Office determined that the remains belonged to Castillo.

Authorities said they were able to locate Castillo’s family and notify them as to where her remains are buried.

“It is still unknown why Nora Elia Castillo was in Colorado or the circumstances of her death,” authorities stated.

The investigation was conducted by the Baca County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Baca County Coroner’s Office, Michele Kennedy with Solved by DNA, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, the McAllen Police Department, NAMUs and the University of of North Texas.