The Sumter County Sheriff's Office invited news crews from across the state out to the woods off of State Road 44 near the Florida Turnpike in Wildwood to show us a crime scene where a woman was found murdered last month.
Crime scene tape marks the area where some four-wheelers found the remains of a Jane Doe on April 22. Investigators say they believe she was shot out there in the woods and left to die some time in late March or early April. Before detectives can even think about trying to solve the "who done it" aspect, they need to figure out who this woman is.
"We don't know if she's local, from Seattle, Washington or New York, New York," said Detective Norris.
Investigators are working with a forensic anthropologist from the University of South Florida, Dr. Erin Kimberly. By studying the remains, Dr. Kimberly has determined that Jane Doe was a white female, likely between 50 and 70 years old, between 5 feet, 4 inches and 5 feet, 9 inches tall, very heavy set, had no teeth and likely wore dentures.
"She also had a number of injuries to the right elbow, the left rib, left leg and foot that were all well healed fractures. That may help trigger someone's memory," said Dr. Kimberly.
The computer rendering investigators came up with is what she could have looked like based on her bone structure and guesstimated age. Detectives released pictures of the flowered shirt and sweat pants she was wearing at the time of death.
Her plastic framed eye glasses could be a huge clue in identifying the remains. Investigators had the lenses tested and figured out the exact prescription, which turned out to be pretty rare.
"We've contacted all of the State of Florida, international optometry optometrist societies. They've agreed to help us," said Detective Norris.
Toxicology tests show Jane Doe was taking Metoprolol, commonly prescribed to control blood pressure. More noticeable, she had the name "Jane" tattooed on her left shoulder.
If you know someone who is missing that fits this description, you are asked to call the Sumter County Sheriff's Office or Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).