369UFMS - Unidentified Female
Artistic renderings of the victim (left by Carl Koppelman). To view post-mortem photos, please click here and here.
Date of Discovery: January 24, 1985
Location of Discovery: Olive Branch, Desoto County, Mississippi
Estimated Date of Death: Hours prior
State of Remains: Recognizable face
Cause of Death: Homicide by ligature strangulation and/or exposure
Physical DescriptionEstimated Age: 20-40 years old
Height: 5'2" to 5'4"
Weight: 105 to 130 lbs.
Hair: Dark to strawberry blond or light red, short to medium length, and wavy.
Eye Color: Gray (autopsy report) or brown (coroner's report)
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Heavy smoker. Three piercings in each ear. Fingernails deeply bitten. Tubes tied. Freckled complexion. Small frame. Tattoos: T.H.C. on her right ankle and R.C.J (last letter is questionable; other possiblities are REJ or RET) on her left ankle. Diagonal surgical scar (12 cm) on the back of her left forearm. A scar on left hand's pip joint. Scars on the second and third fingers (1.5cm and 2cm). Scars on the base of her thumb (2cm long).
IdentifiersDentals: Not available. Teeth overall were in poor condition; several fillings were found (possibly from youth). Missing lower front tooth.
Clothing & Personal ItemsClothing: Light peach-colored short-sleeved pullover top with embroidery on the front and Gloria Vanderbilt blue jeans. No shoes, nor coat, nor undergarments were located.
Additional Personal Items: Unknown.
Circumstances of DiscoveryThe victim's body was spotted about 7:30 AM by a truck driver traveling southbound on U.S. 78, just east of the Coldwater River bridge and west of the rest area.
Investigating Agency(s)Agency Name: Mississippi Chief Medical Examiner's Office
Agency Contact Person: Mark LeVaughn
Agency Phone Number: 601-987-1440
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: 15-1615
Agency Name: Desoto County Sheriff's Department
Agency Contact Person: Det. Louie Hutchins or Det. Mundy Quinn
Agency Phone Number: 901-527-6581
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: 19850124
NCIC Case Number: Unknown
NamUs Case Number: 8675
Mississippi Missing & Unidentified Persons
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