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Reconstruction of the victim (by Jim McMillan)
Date of Discovery: April 3, 1990
Location of Discovery: Collier County, Florida.
Estimated Date of Death: Unknown
State of Remains: Not recognizable - Near complete or complete skeleton
Cause of Death: Homicide by a blow to back of the head
** Listed information is approximate
Estimated Age: 46-65 years old
Height: 5'4" to 5'8"
Hair Color: Light or dark brown, wavy.
Eye Color: Unknown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: She had a spinal operation with two spinal plates attached to the fourth and fifth lumbar vertebrae and secured
with pedicle screws. The right plate was labeled "803-005 Lot 14484" and the left plate was labeled "803-005 #15024." The spinal plates were manufactured by Medtronic (formerly Sofamor Danek) most likeley between 1988 and 1990. The laminae and spinous processes of the fourth and vertebrae are absent. Evidence of bone grafting was present on these vertebra, but the vertebrae were not united. A harvest site was present on the lateral side of the right posterior superior iliac spine. The adjacent surfaces of the bodies of L-5 and S-1 indicated the disc had been removed or collapsed.
Dentals: Available (Radiographs and charting); Extensive and expensive dental work. Two fixed bridges, metal and porcelain crowns and a removable appliance.
Fingerprints: Not available.
DNA: Available - mtDNA (UNT Reference #3504).
Clothing & Personal Items
Clothing: A pair of blue jeans, West Park shorts (size 16), blue and white Partners crop top (size medium), bra, and tan Hanes underwear.
Additional Personal Items: Unknown
A prison work crew found the victim's remains just off the south side of U.S. 41 in the Big Cypress National Preserve, west of Dade/Collier county line in an overgrown/shaded area.
The area she was found is well-traveled, leaving investigators to believe she may not be from the Southwest Florida area.
UPDATE - On August 1, 2015, it was released that she was identified as Patricia Minnis. She was reported missing two years after her body was found.
If you have any information about this case please contact;
Agency Name: Collier County Sheriff's Office
Agency Contact Person: Sgt. Ken Becker
Agency Phone Number: 239-774-4434
Agency Name: District 20 Medical Examiner's Office
Agency Phone Number: 239-434-5020
E-Mail Marta U. Coburn M.D.
E-Mail Michael Britt
Agency Case Number: LE: 90-27158; ME: 1990-00076
NCIC Case Number: U871963208
NamUs Case Number: UP #1177
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.
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