Forensic Sculptor Reconstructs Human Faces In Her Spare Time

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PHOTO: Summit County Reconstructed Face Sculptor
A three-dimensional reconstruction of a skull found in Summit County. It was created by artist Beth Buchholtz of the Longmont Police Department.

The Summit county coroner is dealing with a mystery. Last year, skeletal remains of a white male were found in the White River National Forest, in the backcountry between Copper Mountain and Breckenridge ski resorts.

Nearby was a Glock .45 caliber handgun with the serial number defaced; a black, hooded North Face winter jacket; gold wire-rim glasses and a black Timex watch.

With no leads, Summit County turned to someone with a skill you might not expect -- a sculptor named Beth Buchholtz. She tells Colorado Matters how she uses the skulls of unidentified dead people to reconstruct what they might have looked like.

If you think you know the man in the image at the top of this story, contact the Summit County coroner's office or sheriff's office at 970-668-2964.