Matilda
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Sex Female
Race White/
Hispanic/
Native American
Location Coopersville, Michigan
Found November 6, 1994
Unidentified for 25 years
Postmortem interval 2-6 months
Body condition Skeletal
Age approximation 30-45
Height approximation 5'6" - 5'10
Weight approximation 160 pounds
Cause of death Homicide

"Matilda" was a woman discovered in 1994 in Coopersville, Michigan. She may have been a victim of an unidentified serial killer who preyed on prostitutes during the 1990s.

Case

The skeletal remains of a woman were found by a pair of rabbit hunters in a wooded area near Wright Township of Ottawa County, Michigan on November 6, 1994. The township is adjacent to the city of Coopersville. The remains were located at the south end cul-de-sac of 32nd Avenue just north of I-96.

The victim was most likely disposed in the area between May and September of 1994. Rural West Michigan experienced a series of prostitute murders during the early and mid-1990s and this case has similarities with such cases and fits into the time frame.

A Radford University article has stated serial killer Larry DeWayne Hall is a suspect in her case, even though she was found after his arrest for the kidnapping and murder of Jessica Roach. It is not clear if Hall is a suspect in the other murders that are believed to be connected.

Characteristics

  • Long red, brown or auburn hair with a wavy texture.
  • A petite build.
  • A healed fracture in her lower back.
  • She had previous surgery on her left knee (as early as 1980) which may have caused a limp.
  • She had been missing several teeth prior to her death.

Clothing

  • Black small size Stefano stretch pants.
  • Pink size 5 panties with blue stripes.
  • Blue size 6 Cornerstone-Gloria high heeled shoes.

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