Collier Sheriff hoping new images resolve identity in cold case

Lee Herald Favicon 16Collier detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman whose body was found as part of a cold case 13 years ago.

Advances in facial reconstruction technology have allowed forensic artists to render the victim’s face in a way that was unavailable at the time the body was originally found, prompting investigators to revisit the case.

According the the Collier County Sheriff’s office, the body was originally discovered on April 14, 2004 at a construction site for a new retention pond at Richards Street and Immokalee Road. A deputy stepped out of his cruiser to make a phone call and spotted a partially buried skull. It turned out to be part of a woman’s remains that had been wrapped in a green shower curtain and buried in a shallow grave. Estimates say that the victim had been dead for more than a year when the remains were uncovered.

The death was ruled a homicide by the medical investigator, but a cause was not determined.

A forensic artists was able to partially sketch the victim’s face in 2009, but damage to the skull and jaw made it difficult to complete the drawing. New technology has made a composite of the full face possible.

Detective’s say the woman was Caucasian and between 30 and 40 at the time of death. She was between 5’1 and 5’6 and was wearing wearing a sweatshirt, sweatpants, and sneakers.

The victim’s sweatshirt had a label with the brand name “Favorites” stitched in black with light blue and pink highlights. Her 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 as well as the rings logo.

Anyone with information on the case should call Homicide Detective William Still directly at 239-252-0057, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

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