An American government agency shared a composite image of an unknown woman hoping the public could help identify her
The mother of a woman whose unidentified body was found at the foot of a building in Washington DC, arrived in the city to bring her daughter home – not knowing she had been killed a few hours earlier.
Meghan Godfrey was far away from home, in Yungaburra, Queensland, when she was reportedly robbed of her wallet and ID in the streets of the US capital.
The 27-year-old, described by the family as & # 39; charming, trusting, handsome, and full of adventure & # 39 ;, lived on the street in the months before her death.
Meghan & # 39; s mother Janelle Moncrieff arrived in the city on July 17 to look for her, not knowing when her daughter's body was waiting in a morgue to be identified.
She worked for 10 days with the Washington DC police, Amtrak Police, the security at Union Station, the Australian embassy, the Australian Ex-Pat community and street work hoping to bring Meghan home.
But Meghan would have fallen out of an office building at George Washington University on July 16. Her body still had to be formally identified.
Mrs. Moncrieff told Daily Mail Australia that it was & # 39; a difficult time & # 39; has been for her family.
She spent the morning arranging the remains of Meghan to be transported back to Australia – a devastating and costly task in itself.
In a GoFundMe appealing to raise money to bring Meghan's body home, outreach officer Ami Angell said the family is now experiencing & # 39; a lot of pain and anxiety & # 39;
Meghan Godfrey was far away from home, in Yungaburra, Queensland, when she was reportedly robbed of her wallet and ID in the streets of the US capital
The Australian woman became homeless after being robbed of her ID and wallet. Photos showed her sitting on the street outside a building at the same top as in the composite image
& # 39; They have been humiliated and blown away with all the support that has emerged, & # 39; she said.
Witness Ansley Bolick said she was working in the building at the time.
& # 39; I understand that she was alone … There is no other reason to be on that floor of the building than to work there, they are all office spaces, & # 39; she said.
Just a week before her death, Meghan was seen in the DC area in black jeans and a black and white striped top.
She seemed confused and sat on the street outside a building with a carrier bag, cigarettes and a fast-food takeaway.
Meghan (photo right) is said to have fallen from an office building at George Washington University on July 16. Her body still had to be formally identified
That image, as well as various others, was shared by the HER Resiliency Center women's outreach organization – which specializes in helping women who are homeless or victims of human trafficking.
They said Meghan had lived on the street and & # 39; extremely vulnerable & # 39; was and that she had recently contacted her mother in Australia to take her home.
At the same time, real criminal groups in the same region were informed of the death of a woman at George Washington University.
The body that was not yet identified was found at the foot of a building on campus.
Based on the information they could collect, the National system for missing and unidentified persons released a composite image that they created and that they believed would resemble the woman in her life.
The system of the national missing and unidentified person has been praised for the accuracy of his composite image (right)
Her mother Janelle Moncrieff has since shared more photos of the 27-year-old (photo)
They were almost perfect in their construction – and it is that composite image that meant Meghan's family was reunited with her – though not as they had hoped.
One of the first people to realize that Meghan and the woman in the composite image were one and the same, said her & # 39; heart sank & # 39; when she recognized the similarities.
& # 39; After seeing the post, I went back to an original story I read about this woman because she looked so familiar, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; My heart sank when I looked through her profile. & # 39;
Another said: & # 39; I have seen and read many unresolved issues here and looked for opportunities for other issues, but until last night I never felt so attracted to & # 39; help & # 39;. & # 39;
& # 39; Imagine that her mother would go back to Australia after she could not find her. And the unknown deceased in DC has never revealed the news that in 20 years it could have been an old unsolved mystery of Jane Doe. & # 39;
& # 39; I think you have just solved the case, & # 39; wrote a real criminal. & # 39; The parable is creepy. & # 39;
Women & # 39; s outreach organization, HER Resiliency Center, published Sunday photos & # 39; s on social media hoping to locate Meghan last seen on Washington Union Station on Friday and described in a & # 39 ; vulnerable state & # 39;
The 27-year-old who described family as & # 39; charming, trusting, handsome, and full of adventure & # 39; came to live on the street
When the composite image appeared on real crime pages, community members quickly pointed to a surprising resemblance to a missing, homeless Australian woman they had seen on flyers.
Photos & # 39; s of Meghan arrived.
Just like links to her profiles and the first message from the outreach center hoping to find her alive and well.
The singer, members of the groups said, was that the composite image contained a small portion of a striped striped singlet top – the same that Meghan wore in her last known photo of her.
Shortly thereafter, one of the members of the group gave an official tip to the authorities, who could fingerprint the body and confirm that it corresponded to prints of a Mrs. Meghan Godfrey.
Her mother, still hopeful that she was on a rescue mission to take her daughter to Australia, received the harrowing news.
Pictured: Meghan during her vacation before her life was changed forever after she was allegedly robbed
Mrs. Moncrieff is shocked and distraught about the outcome, believing that she was traveling to America to take her daughter home (shown together)
A corpse was found that Meghan said was and they wanted her to identify the body, the police told her.
Mrs Angell, who is now asking questions on behalf of the family, has previously asked for help in finding Meghan.
The center she works with revealed that Meghan had emailed her mother two weeks earlier asking her to take her home and say she was & # 39; ready to go back & # 39 ;.
& # 39; At the start of this week, our outreach team met a woman who was traveling here from Australia looking for her missing daughter (Meghan Godfrey), who had recently been seen in Washington D.C., & # 39; she said.
& # 39; The daughter is in a vulnerable state, has stolen her wallet / ID and currently lives on the street. We can't find her since Friday. Photos of her are listed below in the hope that one of you may have seen her more recently. & # 39;
It was revealed that Meghan had e-mailed her mother about two weeks earlier requesting to take her home with the message that she was & # 39; ready to go back & # 39;
Meghan Godfrey, 27, from Yungaburra, Queensland, was found dead at the foot of a building at George Washington University
& # 39; The daughter sent an email to her mother two weeks ago asking her to take her home … that she & # 39; is ready to go back & # 39 ;. That's why her mother is here.
& # 39; She's not leaving until her daughter is found, & # 39; read the post.
& # 39; We are sad that we learned earlier this evening that Meghan is no longer with us. We hope she is at peace and praying for her family, & # 39; said Natasha Guynes, another representative, some time afterwards.
Administrators of the group where the connection was first recorded have since also confirmed that the IDs match.
& # 39; Following the tips, the police have linked the deceased woman's fingerprints to Meghan's prints and are formally identifying her & # 39;
Mrs. Godfrey's mother has formally identified the body and is now bringing his daughter to Australia.
She said she would be grateful for any contribution to help with costs or raise awareness GoFundMe appeal.
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