12/13/2019: Internal Case Modification
ESTIMATED YEAR OF DEATH: 1971
HEIGHT: 5'3", estimated
WEIGHT: 110, estimated
On February 19, 1971, the body of a white female homicide victim was discovered under the Lake Panasoffkee Bridge at Interstate 75 in Sumter County. The victim has never been identified.
At the time of her death, she was between 17-24 years of age, approximately 5’02”-5’05” tall, weighed approximately 110-120 lbs. and had dark colored hair and brown eyes.
At the time of her death, the victim was wearing plaid green pants and a matching solid green shirt, a shawl with a green and white print.
A white gold ladies Baylor wrist watch was on her left hand, a yellow gold ring with a clear stone on her left ring finger and a small/thin gold necklace.
Forensic art by University of South Florida and Carl Koppelman
[0 missing person exclusions]
From THE DOE NETWORK:
Homicide by ligature strangulation.
Orthopedic surgery had been performed on her right ankle due to instability in the ankle. The procedure, known as a "Watson-Jones" technique, involved drilling two small holes in the ankle bone and winding a tendon through them. The surgery probably occurred between 1967 and 1970. She had given birth to at least one child, possibly more. Periostitis (inflammation of tissue around a bone) was found on her lower right leg in the process of healing. Harris lines were observed on her bones, indicating she experienced an illness and/or malnutrition that affected her growth earlier in life. Perimortem fractures were also observed on ribs one and three.
Extensive dental work, including several silver fillings and a porcelain crown on one of her top middle teeth.
The victim's decomposed body was spotted in Lake Panasoffkee by two hitchhikers crossing the Panasoffkee bridge on February 19, 1971. Police were notified and it was quickly determined that the girl had been strangled by a man's size 36 belt, which was still around her throat. Authorities believe she was murdered else where and dumped off the bridge.
The victim came to the United States within ten months and two years prior to her death (previously believed to be one or three months before). It has been determined that she was of Greek descent and could have arrived in the U.S. directly from there just prior to her death. It is also possible that she could have come from or been directly related to Greek residents of Lavrion, Greece, based on dental testing.
The woman's remains were exhumed in 1986 for additional examination after she was buried in in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Wildwood, Florida and was later featured on an episode of Unsolved Mysteries. She is known as "Little Miss Lake Panasoffkee."