Medical Examiner seeks to ID woman in fatal accident

Postmortem forensic artist created rendering of woman

Published On: Jan 23 2013 06:07:08 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 23 2013 10:20:54 PM CST

The Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office is asking for the public's help in identifying a woman who died in late October of last year.

All efforts, including fingerprint checks, have ended with negative results, officials said.  

A postmortem forensic artist created a rendering of the woman.

She died on October 31, 2012 in a possible traffic accident at 17200 IH 35 South in Schertz, Texas, authorities said.

The accident happened around 6:40 p.m., after which a passerby stopped after seeing the woman in the roadway, authorities said. The unidentified woman began speaking to the passerby in Spanish, but the passerby did not speak Spanish. 

Emergency medical services said they transported the woman to San Antonio Military Medical Center, where she died at 7:18 p.m.

The Shertz Police Department is investigating the death. Several personal items, including a cell phone, were nearby the female’s body when she was found, police said. However, no identification was found.  

Authorities said they gained access to the woman's phone, and were told by a contact that they believe the woman was named “Maria” or “Marta”. Investigators said they were told the woman was travelling from Ecuador, possibly through Mexico, but couldn't confirm the information.

The woman is described as Hispanic, in her late teens or early 20s, about 4 feet 8 inches tall, and 115 pounds. She has no tattoos, but has some small moles or birthmarks on her face. Her hair is brown, straight, and shoulder-length. Her eyes are also brown. She has an upper denture plate and her lower teeth are natural. She was wearing a brown circular pendant with a “J” on it and the phrase, “Te Amo," authorities said. The Medical Examiner's office said anatomic features of her uterus suggest she may have given birth in the past.

The Forensic Artist Renditions made of this female were done by the Texas Rangers Evidential Art and Facial Identification Office of the Texas DPS in Austin, Texas. Please contact the Medical Examiner’s Investigation Office at 210-335-4011 with any information concerning this female.