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Composites and sketches of the victim
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
** Listed information is approximate
Estimated Age: 14-17 years old
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.
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.
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.
If you have any information about this case please contact;
Agency Name: Davidson County Medical Examiners Office
Agency Contact Person: N/A
Agency Phone Number: 615-743-1800
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.
Wesley Neville, Forensic Artist
Metro Nashville Police Department