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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Homicide victim still not identified

  • “I got to believe some family out there is missing this lady,” said Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Shinn about the woman’s body found in the Mississippi River two miles south of Hannibal on Sept. 15, 2013.
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  • “I got to believe some family out there is missing this lady,” said Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Shinn about the woman’s body found in the Mississippi River two miles south of Hannibal on Sept. 15, 2013.
    From the beginning her death investigation was treated as a homicide, according to Sgt. Brent Bernhardt of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
    A composite drawing of the victim has been completed, and Shinn hopes this will help to identify her. “We are hoping we will put this picture out and stir up some more interest,” he said. “We still believe that.”
    Shinn explained that “after we got the composite drawing, we had a meeting recently with the Highway Patrol” but “we have nothing new.
    “We are going over old leads we have had to see if we could turn up anything new,” he continued. “We have some other leads we are inquiring about, but nothing promising. We are just trying to spark the investigation.
    Anyone with information is requested to contact the Marion County Sheriff’s Department at (573) 769-2077 or the Missouri State Highway Patrol at (660) 385-2132.
    “We have had no missing people (reported),” Shinn said, although “her fingerprints and DNA is in every system in the U.S.”
     
    Early description
    includes age
     
    After the body was discovered in the river, Shinn reported on Sept. 20 that information gathered indicated she was between 15 and 30 years old. She had shoulder-length black hair, was 5-foot-3, and weighed about 135 pounds. She was wearing jeans, size 13-14.
    The authorities were hampered in identifying her by the advanced stage of decomposition, Shinn said.
    He reported that on Sept. 19, the Northeast Missouri Major Case Squad met in Hannibal, with officers from Macon and Moberly and Randolph counties joining with officials from Ralls and Marion counties, the Missouri Highway Patrol and Hannibal police.
    On Nov. 21, Shinn had reported the women was still not identified. He reported that he did not believe the woman was a transient, because she had a recent medical procedure, has had work on her teeth, and her eyebrows were recently manicured.
    Also on Nov. 21, Shinn said he did believe, based on information that has been gathered, that the woman toured the Mark Twain Cave two days before her body was found.
    His department subpoenaed receipts from the cave, and law enforcement reviewed bank statements and credit card receipts, but clues did not lead to an identity.
    On Wednesday, July 23, Shinn reported he still believes the woman toured the cave two days before her body was found.
    Page 2 of 2 - “She was believed to be in the company of another female and a male,” he said.
    “They would be the persons of interest. We have no credit card receipts. The clerk at the cave believes they did purchase something with cash.”
     
     
     

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