Detectives Release New Composite for Cold Case
Detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman whose body was found in a wooded area more than 13 years ago.
The 2004 cold case has been revisited this month thanks to improvements in facial reconstruction technology. Detectives have released a new composite sketch of the unidentified woman.
The woman’s remains were found on April 14, 2004 at a construction site for a new retention pond at Richards Street and Immokalee Road.
A deputy had parked and gotten out of his cruiser to make a phone call when he spotted the partially buried skull.
The remains were buried in a shallow grave and wrapped in a green shower curtain. It is estimated the woman had been dead for more than a year when the remains were found.
The Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide but could not determine a cause of death.
In 2009, a forensic artist drew a partial sketch of the woman’s face. Because the woman’s jaw and skull were damaged, the artist was not able to complete a full rendering. The new composite features a reconstruction of the entire face.
Detectives believe the woman was Caucasian and between 30 and 40 years old at the time of her death. She was between 5 feet 1 inch and 5 feet 6 inches tall. She was wearing a sweatshirt, sweatpants and sneakers at the time of her death.
The sweatshirt label was from a brand called “Favorites.” It was featured in black stitching with light blue and pink coloring. The woman’s sneakers were size 7.5 B and had silver and light blue coloring on the heel with the words “Olympics” and “USA” on the back. They also featured the Olympics rings logo.
If you recognize the woman, or have any information about this case, please call Homicide Detective William Still directly at 239-252-0057.
Or, if you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).