Tonight at 10: Target 2 Investigates missing remains mystery

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - A mystery continues to unfold surrounding a missing woman in Green Bay and the remains of a "Jane Doe" in Detroit, Mich.

Beulah Ware disappeared from Green Bay in 2004. Her husband called police days later. He had just been released from jail on domestic violence charges.

Police labeled Beulah Ware's disappearance as suspicious. They considered her husband, Tyrone, as a person of interest.

Tyrone Ware died in a car crash in 2007.

The Green Bay Police detective working the Beulah Ware case continues to look for new leads. He frequently searches the NAMUS website. That's a national database listing missing people and unclaimed or unidentified remains.

A few months ago, Detective Dave Graf found a Jane Doe profile on the website. A Michigan State Police Forensic Artist had created images of a woman through facial reconstruction of a skull.

The skull was from a mummified body found in a vacant Detroit building about a year after Beulah Ware disappeared.

"I guess what struck me was similarities in facial features," Graf says. "Obviously female, Caucasian, lack of teeth in terms of dental issues. So those all match up."

Beulah Ware's family believes this body is their missing loved one.

By the time Det. Graf discovered the profile, nearly 13 years had passed. He learned that the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office in Michigan had turned the remains over to a Detroit funeral home. The remains were buried.

No DNA was taken before burial of the remains. Graf believes he could get DNA from the skull that was used to make the forensic images.

There's a significant problem--the skull has gone missing.

"It might be lost," Graf says. "Quite honestly. I've had some contact and they said they looked around and they can't find it. Now it could be buried. It might not be. I don't know."

Tonight on Action 2 News at 5 and 10, Sarah Thomsen hunts for the answers to how this significant piece of evidence could disappear in a Target 2 Investigation.