Lake County, FL Needs Help With This Trans Cold Case Death

Composite sketch of transgender woman found dead in 1988

Back in 1988, the body of a trans woman was found decomposing in the woods in the Four Corners area along County Road 474.   Julie Doe as they call her was found wearing a greenish tank top, a long acid washed jean skirt with partially pulled down pantyhose.

Julie Doe also had breast implants,long dyed blonde hair, long manicured nails, was estimated to be between 24-33  years of age and was 5 feet 11.  At the time her remains were tested, the result indicated she was a cis woman who had given birth to one or more children.  

LakeSOpatch.gifJulie Doe’s remains were recently retested as part of a Florida initiative to revist cold cases, and with the new forensic technology gave the result she was a trans feminine woman.

Items of clothing found with Julie Doe’s body were send to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement lab in Tallahassee, and  Detective Tamara Dale is hoping that once the results come back in several weeks, it will lead to clues that will help them generate leads in the case.

“I’m hoping their will be foreign DNA on her clothing and if so interview that person as someone who would have had contact with Julie near the time of her death,” said Detective Dale in an Orlando Sentinel interview

She also hoping that the renewed interest in the case generates leads that will identify who she is.

“I would love to identify Julie so she can have a proper burial and so her friends and family can have closure on their missing loved one,” said Detective Dale.  “I don’t think anyone should have o lie unidentified in a laboratory while their family wonders what happened to them.”

If you have any information concerning this case, please call the Lake County, FL Sheriff’s office at 352-343-2101 or Crimeline at 1-800-423-8477

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