Detectives try to ID remains found on beach in 1985

Published On: Nov 28 2012 03:00:25 PM EST
Updated On: Nov 28 2012 03:37:45 PM EST
Facial reconstruction of remains
ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -

Detectives with the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office are seeking the public's help in identifying remains found on the beach on April 11, 1985.

The remains were found about eight-tenths of a mile north of the Crescent Beach ramp, about 10 feet from the high-tide level and about two and a half feet below the dune level.

A forensic examination conducted by the University of Florida determined the remains were possibly of a white woman, about 5 feet 7 inches tall with light brown to blonde hair. The approximate age of the woman was determined to be between 20 and 40 years old, and death occurred between one to five years prior to the discovery.

At the time, a cause of death was unable to be determined due to the decomposition of the body, but the manner of death was ruled a homicide, investigators said.

They said bones that were recovered showed numerous healed fractures and three distinctive surgical burr holes in the skull. A dental record report was completed at the time of the discovery; however, future examination may be limited due to some of the teeth being broken in storage and travel, investigators said.

A DNA profile was developed from the remains through the University of North Texas.

Recently, the FBI examined the remains and reconstructed the facial features. The agency provided photographs to detectives. It is believed that the victim may have looked similar to the photographs at the time of her death.

Anyone with information concerning the possible identity of the victim is asked to call Detective Sean Tice at 904-209-2192 or Crime Stoppers at 888-277-TIPS.

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