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Case File 470UFFL

Reconstructions of Victim at different ages and examples of clothing worn by victim

Unidentified White Female

  • The victim was discovered on February 19, 1971 in Lake Panasoffkee, Sumter County, Florida
  • Estimated Date of Death: Two to three weeks prior to discovery
  • Killed by Homicide by strangulation

Vital Statistics

  • Estimated age: 17-24 years old - believed to be in her early 20's
  • Approximate Height and Weight: 5'2 to 5'5; 110-120 lbs.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Possibly mixed with Native. Dark hair and brown eyes.
  • Skeletal Findings: Orthopedic surgery had been performed on her right ankle due to instability in the ankle. The procedure, known as a "Watson-Jones" technique, involved drilling two small holes in the ankle bone and winding a tendon through them. The surgery probably occurred between 1967 and 1970. She had given birth to at least one child.
  • Clothing: A shawl with a green and white print; plaid green pants; a solid green shirt
  • Jewelry: A white gold ladies Baylor wrist watch on her left hand, a yellow gold ring with a clear stone on her left ring finger and a small/thin gold necklace
  • Dentals: Available. She had extensive dental work, suggesting she received regular healthcare
  • DNA: Available.

Case History
The victim's decomposed body was spotted in Lake Panasoffkee by two hitchhikers crossing the Panasoffkee bridge on February 19, 1971.
Police were notified and it was quickly determined that the girl had been strangled by a man's size 36 belt, which was still around her throat.

Forensic artist Linda Galeener created a composite of the victim. When no one came to claim her body, Galeener was asked to create age-regression drawings, showing what the girl may have looked like at ages 6 and 12. Again, no one identified her.

The victims is nicknamed "Little Miss Panasoffkee" and it is quite possible that she was a runaway.
Authorities believe she was murdered else where and dumped off the bridge.

The victim came to the United States within one to three months of her death. It has been determined that she was of Greek descent and could have arrived in the U.S. directly from there just prior to her death. It is also possible that she could have come from or been directly related to Greek residents of Lavrion, Greece, based on dental testing.

If you have any information about this case please contact:
Sumter County Sheriff's Office
Detective Darren Norris 352-569-1600
District 5 Medical Examiner

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Source Information:
Unsolved Mysteries episode from 1991
Daily Sun

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