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'Bizarre' Case Of Woman With No Fingerprints
US police are baffled by the case of a woman found to have no fingerprints after she allegedly used a fake birth certificate to obtain an ID card.
In a case straight out of a spy thriller, the defendant was arrested after using forged documents to obtain an ID card in Ohio.
It emerged she was using the made-up identity of Julia Wadsworth, of Maine, and refused to give her real name to police.
In an investigation spanning five US states, detectives say they only this week established the person in custody is Ann Marie Miller, a disbarred lawyer from Virginia.
She is believed to be 41 years old and is wanted in Virginia and Colorado on a number of charges, said investigators.
Ohio's Allen County Sheriff Sam Crish told Sky News he had not come across anything like the case in three decades on the job.
"It's very bizarre," he said. "It's like she didn't even exist. She has removed her fingerprints from her hand.
"They're smooth. She has no ridges, no nothing. We're not sure how she was able to do that.
"There's no scarring, they're just worn off. It's like she just kept rubbing her fingers together."
A DNA sample was obtained from the accused, despite her attempts to resist officers, and results are pending.
Sheriff Crish said the accused has given them little co-operation, though she has acknowledged being Ann Marie Miller.
She was arrested on July 9 in Lima, Ohio, after a clerk from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles alerted police that a woman had used a bogus birth certificate to obtain an ID card.
The accused initially told police she was a victim of human trafficking and that she had never held a job or attended school.
Detectives began to unravel the mystery after a public appeal, which attracted an anonymous tip that led their trail to Florida.
They found out the accused had been living in the Fort Myers Beach area.
Miller, who remains in custody charged with tampering with records, is due in court for a pre-trial hearing on August 12.
Sheriff Crish said Colorado may wish to extradite Miller after she has answered the charges against her in Ohio.
Miller's lawyer was unavailable for comment.
She is wanted in Colorado on charges of theft, forgery conspiracy and attempting to influence a public servant, said the sheriff.
In Virginia, she was charged with tampering with a vehicle identification number, burglary and assault, disorderly conduct, threatening language over a public airway and stalking.
Some of the Virginia charges are connected to a love triangle, said Sheriff Crish.
She was in a relationship with a male lawyer who left her for a paralegal in their office, according to local media reports.