Detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman whose body was found in a wooded area in southwest Florida more than 13 years ago.
For the first time, officials have been able to release a composite sketch of the unidentified woman’s entire face thanks to improvements in facial reconstruction technology.
An artist tried to create one in 2009, but was unable to because of damage to her skull and jaw, according to a news release from the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.
Her remains were found on April 14, 2004 when a deputy stopped his cruiser to make a phone call. While standing near a construction site west of Naples off of Immokalee Road, he spotted her partially buried skull.
Her remains were wrapped in a green shower curtain placed in a shallow grave.
The medical examiner ruled the death a homicide, but could not determine a cause of death. It was estimated that her remains were in the grave for more than a year before the deputy found them.
Detectives believe the woman was Caucasian and between 30 and 40 years old when she died. She was between 5-feet-1 and 5-feet-6. 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.
Anyone information about this case is asked to call Homicide Detective William Still at 239-252-0057. Or, if you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).