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Case File: 323UFFL

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Reconstruction of the victim (by Jim McMillan)

Unidentified Female

  • 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
  • Physical Description
    ** Listed information is approximate

  • Estimated Age: 46-65 years old
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Female
  • Height: 5'4" to 5'8"
  • Weight: Unknown
  • 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.
  • Jewelry: Unknown
  • Additional Personal Items: Unknown
  • Case History

    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.

    Investigating Agency(s)
    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.

    Information Source(s)
  • NamUs
  • Naples News Archive

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    Added: Prior to 2011; Last Updated: 8/2/15 - By: DD / Unidentified Persons Coordinator

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