|Found||October 19, 2000|
|Unidentified for||20 years|
|Postmortem interval||3-4 years|
|Cause of death||Presumed homicide|
The Persian Princess was a woman whose mummified remains were found in Pakistan in 2000.
An ancient Egyptian-styled sarcophagus containing the mummified remains of a woman was discovered being sold in the black market antique trade on October 19, 2000. Due to an inscription on the sarcophagus, she was initially believed to be the daughter of the Persian king Xerxes and died around 600 BCE.
However, the inscription was revealed to be a forgery, making it likely that the discovery was a hoax. While the mummy was thought to be authentic and obtained illegally, further examination revealed that the woman had died around 1996 or 1997. Her cause of death was a broken spine, and her death is being investigated as a homicide.