Autopsy: Slain Greensboro woman identified through tattoos, teeth

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GREENSBORO — Although a Greensboro man has already pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the 2013 death of his girlfriend, full details of her slaying are just now being revealed in an autopsy released from the N.C. Medical Examiner’s Office, according to the News & Record.

Donald Thomas Johnson Jr., 46, was sentenced in April for life without parole for Angelique Lynn Sylvester’s homicide.

According to the autopsy results, the 5-feet 3-inch tall Sylvester was cut into nine pieces. Sylvester, 38, was reported missing by her mother on July 8, 2013. Her body was found in a trash can on Garden Lake Drive on July 12. She was last believed to be alive on July 2.

The medical examiner’s office received two bags: a biohazard bag, which was unopened by the agency, and a second bag which contained Sylvester’s remains. Her head was severed at the neck, each arm was severed from the torso just below the shoulder, according to the autopsy report.

The right arm was cut again near the elbow, while the left hand was removed near the wrist. Both legs were severed just above the kneecaps, according to the report. The right foot was cut off from the leg at the ankle. A blue rope was tied near where the foot was removed.

Sylvester’s fingers and toenails were painted in a French manicure and pedicure, the report states. Her right hand still had a white metal chain on her wrist and a thin yellow band on her fourth finger.

The autopsy report detailed several tattoos on her left arm and hand, including roses and a cross with wings. The tattoos helped identify Sylvester, along with her dental records.

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