Jessica Lynn Lee remains behind Pasadena shopping center

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A woman whose skull and dead body were found in a wooded area in Anne Arundel County on Monday afternoon was murdered, investigators say.

The woman, Jessica Lynn Lee, 20, went missing in May. Her remains were{ } found in a wooded area in the 8100 block of Ritchie Highway on Aug. 6.

Officials say that the woman was murdered and that the cause of death appears to be trauma to the upper body.

On Monday, a passerby contacted police when he discovered what appeared to be a human skill off Ritchie Highway while walking into the wood line. When investigators scoured the area, they discovered the woman's body a short time later.

On Thursday, investigators searched the woods where the body was found in search of evidence that might help them identify the victim.

An investigation into the murder of the woman is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call (410) 222-3417.

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