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Cold Case Files

The Sumter County Sheriff's Office remains committed to the families of homicide victims in bringing those responsible for these acts to justice. It is based on that commitment that this Cold Case page is presented to you as we ask for your assistance. Frequently cases are solved due to a citizen coming forward and providing that vital piece of evidence which had been previously unknown to authorities. No matter how small or insignificant you feel your information might seem, please provide it to the Cold Case Unit.

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Little Miss Lake Panasoffkee1971-0291

Synopsis: On February 19, 1971, the body of a white female homicide victim was discovered under the Lake Panasoffkee Bridge at Interstate 75 in Sumter County. The victim has never been identified.

Little Miss Lake Panasoffkee In March 2012, Sumter sheriff's detectives requested the Anthropology Department at the University of South Florida conduct further testing on the 41 year old remains after learning of the university's involvement in other bay area cold cases. The Anthropology Department re-examined the remains and generated a new composite image of the victim and that of her clothing worn at the time of her death. Those new images are listed above. At the time of her death, she was between 17-24 years of age, approximately 5'02"-5'05" tall, weighed approximately 110-120 lbs. and had dark colored hair and brown eyes. She was wearing plaid green pants, a matching solid green shirt, and a shawl with green and yellow print. She had a Baylor wrist watch on her left hand, a yellow gold ring with clear stone on her left ring finger, and a small, thin yellow gold necklace.

Little Miss Lake Panasoffkee The victim's teeth were examined by the Geological Sciences Department at the University of Florida. The conclusion of the analysis determined that the victim is possibly of Greek descent and most probably had come to the United States ten to twelve months before her death. Further testing determined the victim's teeth contained a high level of Pb (lead) that may link the victim to the small town of Lavrion, which is located approximately 60 miles southeast of Athens, Greece. Lavrion is known for its high level of lead contamination associated with mining operations in the region.

Anyone with any possible information, please contact Sumter County Sheriff's Office Detective Darren Norris at (352)569-1617 or (352)569-1600 or by email at dnorris@sumtercountysheriff.org.


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