ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- St. Johns County Sheriff's Office detectives are hoping the public will be able to help them identify remains found April 11, 1985.
Catherine Payne, Media Relations Officer with the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, said the remains were found near the Crescent Beach ramp. Payne said the remains were about ten feet from the high tide level and about 2 1/2 feet below the dune level.
Payne said examination of the remains at the University of Florida determined they possibly belong to a white female. She would have been approximately 5'7" tall and had light brown or blonde hair.
Detectives believe the woman was between 20-40 years of age at the time of her death. Police also believe that woman was killed one to five years before her remains were found.
Payne said due to the decomposition of the body, medical examiners could not provide a cause of death, although the death was ruled a homicide.
The bones collected show multiple healed fractures. Payne said there are also three distinctive surgical burr holes in the skull. Detectives completed a dental record when the remains were discovered, but Payne said over time some of the teeth have broken during storage and travel. Forensic scientists at the University of North Texas developed a DNA profile of the victim, Payne said.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation recently examined the remains and reconstructed the woman's facial features. Payne said the FBI sent pictures to the detectives.
Investigators believe the woman may have looked similar to the photographs at the time of her death.
Anyone with information is asked to contact St. Johns County Sheriff's Office Detective Sean Tice at 904-209-2192.
If you would like to remain anonymous and possibly receive a cash reward, you may contact Crime Stoppers of N.E. Florida at 1-888-277-8477.