Texas Rangers Cold Case Investigation Details

Maria   Mendez

REFERENCE NUMBER: 298 - Unsolved
RACE: Unknown
SEX: Female


On 01/31/1990, Unidentified Human Remains were found in Crane County. The remains were determined to be an unknown race, Female with and age range of 16-21 years old. DNA was obtained from the remains and entered into the DNA database, but no matches have been made. A facial reconstruction was completed by the Texas Rangers Forensic Artist. Investigators have not given up hope in giving this person her name back. If you have any information, please submit a tip. UPDATE: In 2023, Texas Rangers assisted Odessa Police Department in this investigation. The previously unidentified human remains found are confirmed to be those of Maria Mendez, of Odessa, Texas. This investigation into the death of Mendez continues.

Texas Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $3,000 to any person who provides information that leads to the arrest of the person/persons responsible for this crime. To be eligible for the cash rewards, tipsters MUST call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477). All tips are anonymous. Tipsters will be provided a tip number instead of using a name.

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