02/08/2019: Internal Case Modification
12/13/2018: Case added to theunidentified.org
ESTIMATED YEAR OF DEATH: 1999
HEIGHT: 5'4", measured
WEIGHT: 130, measured
The decedent was found floating in a tributary of the Chattanooga Creek about 20-30 meters from the south side of Interstate 24.
Hair: Dark brown to blackBecause of the lack of proximal fibula articulation surfaces on the tibiae (appearing to be congenital in origin) she may have had a characteristic gait or stanceRed multistranded, twist-style ponytail holder and rubber band around her left wrist
Red shorts XL (size 18-20)
[73 missing person exclusions]
From The Doe Network:
She may have had a peculiar stride due to possible bow-leggedness. Sometime before her death, she fractured the top of both feet. Both fractures had healed, but those injuries might have caused limping. She also had previously fractured the pinkie finger of her left hand, and had fractured the first rib on her right side. This would have caused a stiff or sore right shoulder. Lastly, she had healed fractures of the nose. These injuries occurred prior to her death, and are not associated with her death.
Her dental hygiene was extremely poor. She had a total of 12 teeth, and all showed signs of advanced decay and periodontal disease. All of her front teeth were missing, presumably due to periodontal disease. She might have complained of a tooth ache on her left lower jaw, due to an abscess that was active at the time of her death.
She was wearing only a pair of red shorts, size 18-20.
On March 29, 1999, workers with Southern Services were cleaning brush and garbage from a creek bed near the Cannon Avenue overpass when they discovered the partially-dressed body of a woman, who had probably been dead for a few months.
The area of the creek where the body was found runs parallel to Interstate 24 eastbound, between the north and south Rossville Boulevard exits. The body was located near the 2500 block of Cannon Avenue.