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Police release sketch of woman found with head chopped off in hopes of identifying her and finding her killer

On Friday, authorities released a sketch of a woman whose severed head was found in a plastic bag inside a Houston lake, in hopes that someone will recognize her.

The Houston Chronicle reports that artist Lois Gibson completed a drawing of the victim going by her anthropological profile and and a previous description released by authorities. Although the woman’s head was badly deteriorated, she still had hair intact and teeth that were in good condition.

She’s described as a white or Hispanic female between the ages of 20 to 45 with dyed red hair. Authorities also noted that her makeup seemed to have been “tattooed” on her face, including her eye makeup.

Detectives notes that the victim likely died around one week prior to her discovery.

Volunteers found the victim’s head in the east end of a lake near 10600 FM 1960 on March 24 while doing cleanup of the area, according to ABC. Two weeks before the discovery, witnesses saw a man who with short black hair and long bangs throwing a plastic bag from the bridge.

He was described as having light skin, in his mid-20s, and around five feet four. He wore a gray and black plaid shirt and drove a teal or a blue-green Chevrolet Silverado truck with an extended cab.

Michael Perez, a homicide investigator with the Houston PD, said that the truck looked rusty and “pretty beat up” with a broken passenger window covered with what appeared to be cardboard. It appeared that that the truck had been in several wrecks.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Houston PD’s homicide division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477.

[Feature Photo: Houston Police Department, Lois Gibson (artist)]