Forensic reconstruction gives face to Monroe murder victim

By Lisa Rantala - bio | email

Updated by Kate Oatis - email

MONROE COUNTY (WTOL) - Twenty-seven years after her death, there's finally a face to go with the mystery surrounding her last minutes on earth.

In fact, weeks after they exhumed her body from a Monroe County grave, authorities called media from Toledo to Canada, hoping someone would come forward to identify the woman whose body was found March 31, 1982, when it washed ashore near the Detroit Edison plant.

"The autopsy did indicate that it was manual strangulation," said Detective Jeff Pauli with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

Detectives tried to dig up new clues last summer, when they received a tip that she was a teen from Canton who disappeared the previous year. But experts say this woman was from 20 to 30 years old, 4 ft. 10 in. to 5 ft. 4 in. tall and weighed about 110 lbs. They say the ages don't match up.

Then, detectives received tips that the woman could be Toledoan Cynthia Anderson who also disappeared in 1981. But she was ruled out.

"Back in 1983, she was ruled out... through dental records," Pauli said.

Unless she's identified, there's no hope of finding her killer.

If you think you know who this murder victim might be, call the Monroe County Sheriff's Office at 734.240.7530.

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