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New forensic sketch released of unidentified woman found dead near St. James City

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Posted at 1:40 PM, Jul 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-05 07:39:27-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Investigators hope a new forensic artist's rendering of a deceased woman can help solve a murder from 1995.

According to Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers, a woman's body was found on York Island off the south end of Pine Island on October 7, 1995.

The only clue detectives had at the time was a red medical smock that she was wearing, which had the words “Charleston S.C. V.A. Hospital.” Unfortunately, there were no matches with any Charleston area hospital, nor any V.A. medical facilities.

Investigators have been unable to identify the woman since then. They are hoping that this picture will look familiar to someone who may be able to assist with finally identifying this female and ultimately making a connection with her family.

She is believed to be a white female in her late 30’s or early 40s, approximately 5’2” tall. She was likely a smoker who suffered numerous fractures and surgeries over her lifetime, including surgically placed screws in her right ankle. She also had evidence of cranial surgery on the left side of her skull.

Anyone with even the slightest bit of information on who this woman may be is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000. Tips may also be made online at or by submitting a tip on the P3Tips mobile app.