In 1992, the Rust Craft Greeting Card Company building located in Joliet, Illinois, endured a raging fire that ultimately led to its demolition.
The three-story-tall building had stood tall for nearly one hundred years before the blaze and was often visited by the local homeless community.
Following the fire, the entire property was demolished and had to be excavated in 1995.
All of the removed debris was then relocated to Rockdale, Illinois, where a chilling discovery would be made two years later.
Amongst the stone and brick building remnants, officials also discovered skeletal fragments.
Since the fragments were only partial, pathologists could not determine the victim’s cause of death or complete identity.
Nonetheless, they determined that the victim was a female between the ages of fifteen and twenty-four who passed away after 1986.
Pathologists also believe she stood between five feet and five foot ten inches tall and may have hailed from the Northern Rockies.
With this information, investigators did pursue numerous leads over the years in an effort to identify the woman.
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