Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Reconstructed Skull, Drawing Released

Investigators are asking the public to help identify a man whose body was found in 2003 and woman’s whose body was found in 2004.

Investigators released a reconstructed skull of the man and a partial facial drawing of the woman at a news conference Tuesday in hopes that someone will recognize the victims.

Both cases are unsolved homicides. The cases are not believed to be related.

Investigators also hope that releasing the images, along with the details of the cases, will generate fresh tips from the community that could help lead to the identification of the killers.

A forensic artist reconstructed the skull of the man, found July 31, 2003, in a wooded area at the southwest corner of Immokalee Road and Interstate 75, where the Super Wal-Mart is today. Investigators believe the man had been dead less than a year before he was found

The man is believed to be Hispanic with possible Native American or Asian ancestry. He was about 45 to 60 years old and 5 feet 2 inches to 5 feet 7 inches.

The man’s neck was congenitally shortened as a result of Klippel-Feil Syndrome. His nose, right hand and left ribs had been fractured during his life.

The woman was found buried in a shallow grave wrapped in a plastic green shower curtain in a field off Richards Road near Immokalee Road. She had been dead for more than a year when she was found.

The forensic artist drew a partial sketch of the woman’s face. A complete sketch of the face was not possible because the skull was damaged.

The white woman with possible European ancestry was 30 to 40 years old, between 5 feet 1 inches and 5 feet 6 inches.

She was wearing sweatpants, a sweatshirt and sneakers. The sweatshirt had a label with “Favorites” in black stitching with light blue and pink coloring. Her sneakers were size 7 ½ B and had silver and light blue coloring on the heel with “Olympics” on the back and the Olympics ring logo and “USA.”

Anyone with information about these cases is asked to call the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 793-9300, or if you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).

Investigators have released the following three images of the reconstructed skull. The victim's body was found July 31, 2003, in woods at the southwest corner of Immokalee Road and Interstate 75:

Investigators have released this partial facial drawing of a woman whose body was found on April 14, 2004, wrapped in a shower curtain and buried in a shallow grave in a field off Richards Road in North Naples.

She was wearing a sweatshirt with this label.

She was wearing these sneakers.

The sneakers had this logo.