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Case File: 37UFTN

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Unidentified Female

  • Date of Discovery: March 24, 1976
  • Location of Discovery: Davidson County, Tennessee
  • Estimated Date of Death: 18 to 20 hours prior
  • State of Remains: Recognizable face
  • Cause of Death: Likely due to drowning
  • Physical Description
    ** Listed information is approximate

  • Estimated Age: 14-17 years old
  • Race: Hispanic
  • Gender: Female
  • Height: 5'2"
  • Weight: 125 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Black or brown, long.
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Distinguishing Marks/Features: Two surgical scars on her abdomen and older scars, possibly cigarette burns, on both her arms. A mole near her left eye. Large build. Her left "fang" tooth was oddly positioned and may heighten the chance of positive identification. Very large breasts for her estimated age.
  • Dentals: Available. According to examining dentists, the crown on molar was not fully developed, 2nd molar roots fully developed. On tooth # 18, no filling but large decay. # 19 occlussal filling & facial, # 14 occlussal filling, # 31 occlussal filling, # 3 occlussal & lingual, # 4 occlussal.
  • Fingerprints: Available.
  • DNA: Not available.
  • Clothing & Personal Items
  • Clothing: A white bra and pair of jeans. A blue blouse was discovered in the river the day after the victim's body was discovered, but it is unclear if it belonged to the victim.
  • Jewelry: A rawhide bracelet and a choker-type necklace with beads and a white dove.
  • Additional Personal Items: A photograph of a young blond-haired boy with "Little Charlie" written on the back was in her back pocket. She also had a black comb and 1 nickel.
  • Case History

    A fisherman discovered the victim's body in the Harpeth River about 200 yards from a bridge on McCrory Creek Road and downstream from a recreational area near the border of Cheatham County.

    The victim, possibly named Sherry or Cheryl, had had sexual intercourse within a few days of her death, but it was not known whether she was raped.

    A man said he and his brother-in-law, who both lived in Nashville at the time, saw the victim 10 days before she was found in the river. He claimed they picked up the victim and her friend, a slender blonde woman, as the two hitchhiked from Nashville.

    The two, the man claimed, had run away from a mental hospital in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and were headed to Haines City, Florida, to see the blonde woman's husband. The victim, the man said, was being treated for alcoholism, while her friend had been suicidal.

    Investigators said the men, who claimed they dropped the women off at Interstate 24's Winchester exit, were questioned but never labeled suspects.

    The female companion was described to be around the same age with sandy blonde hair and wore wire rim glasses, but was never located or interviewed regarding this decedent.

    Investigating Agency(s)
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  • Agency Name: Davidson County Medical Examiners Office
  • Agency Contact Person: N/A
  • Agency Phone Number: 615-743-1800
  • E-Mail
  • Agency Name: Metro Nashville Police Department
  • Agency Contact Person: Cold Case Unit
  • Agency Phone Number: 615-880-2928

  • Agency Case Number: ME/LE: 76-47535; NCMEC: 1167334
  • NCIC Case Number: U26000577 or U260000057
  • NamUs Case Number: UP #8494
  • Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Information Source(s)
  • NamUs
  • Wesley Neville, Forensic Artist
  • Metro Nashville Police Department

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