BARTOW COUNTY, Ga. — Investigators say remains found earlier this week in a landfill are that of an unidentified woman. The victim's dismembered remains were found in a trash compactor dumpster in a landfill earlier this week.
At a news conference Wednesday, the Bartow County Sheriff's Office released an artist rendering of the victim and a replica of a tattoo found on her body.
Channel 2's Wendy Halloran was in Bartow County when officials released the new information.
Sheriff Clark Millsap said that the woman is Caucasian and between the ages of 18 and 35. She is between 5 feet 2 and 5 feet 6 inches tall and has brown or red hair.
The victim has a distinctive tattoo on her chest of two Easter lilies with a sacred heart in between.
Deputies also said there are names tattooed on each of her shoulder blades but they aren't releasing them.
Millsap said he's never seen anything so disturbing and that her death is no doubt a homicide.
“I’ve been doing this for almost 35 years and I’ve never seen anything like this before," Millsad said. "She was cut in two pieces and they put all the pieces in each individual bags and placed them in one dumpster.”
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Millsap told Halloran this was a violent death and someone tried to cover their tracks.
"Fortunately for us and I don’t mean to sound macabre or anything like that but fortunately all the parts were in one location but in different bags,” Millsap said.
NewsChopper 2 was over the scene Monday as GBI agents scoured the Bartow County Landfill on Allatoona Dam Road. A worker found the remains in bags inside a trash compactor dumpster he had picked up at the Cedar Creek compactor site.
The Sheriff's Office said investigators have been cross referencing missing persons cases throughout the state and are asking the public for help.
Anyone who can identify the missing woman is urged to call the Bartow County Sheriff's Office.
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