|Posted: Friday, Jul 23, 2004 - 12:22:40 pm CDT
Officials seek help in identifying dead woman
The Moniteau County Sheriff's Department and the Missouri Water Patrol are asking for help in identifying a woman found in the Missouri River near Lupus in August.
The victim had a hysterectomy and she was missing one front tooth. Toxicology reports indicated traces of cocaine in her body tissue.
She was shot once in the head with a small-caliber weapon. She had been in the river for several weeks and possibly longer, since she had been weighted down.
The advanced decomposition of the facial skin required a reconstruction by the University of Missouri-Columbia Anthropology Department.
Any information as to the woman's identity should provided to Sheriff Kenny Jones of the Moniteau County Sheriff's Department at (573) 796-2525; Sgt. Tom Breen, Missouri Highway Patrol at (573) 751-1000; or Sgt. Mike Smith, Missouri Water Patrol at (573) 751-3333.