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University of South Florida Scientists, Top Forensic Artists Aim to Help Solve 20 Cold Cases

As part of the second annual event, some of the best forensic artists in the U.S. will spend a week inside a lab on the USF campus creating clay reconstructions.

The Art of Forensics

TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 12, 2016) – University of South Florida forensic anthropologists will team up with artists from across the country to help solve 20 missing and unidentified persons cases during a special workshop the week of Oct. 17.

As part of the second annual event, some of the best forensic artists in the U.S. will spend a week inside a lab on the USF campus creating clay reconstructions of the victim’s faces, aiming to raise awareness and generate new leads in each case. The 20 cases include 12 from Florida, four from Pennsylvania, two from Kentucky, one from Missouri and one from Tennessee. New information in every case is also being presented. Last year’s inaugural event, which looked at nine cases, has already led to one person being identified. In July, human remains found in Polk County were identified as Jessica Rousseau.

Using the latest technology available, the work is led by the USF Institute for Forensic Anthropology & Applied Science (IFAAS), in conjunction with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), sheriff’s departments throughout the state of Florida and several other partners. IFAAS funding comes from the National Institute of Justice and private donations.

The forensic artists will create facial reconstructions from Oct. 17-21 in the lab of Dr. Erin Kimmerle, USF anthropologist and Director of IFAAS. The final busts will be revealed on Friday, Oct. 21 at the "Art of Forensics: Solving Florida’s Cold Cases" event at the Tampa Bay History Center in downtown Tampa.

The idea for the event was conceived by forensic artist Joe Mullins, who has worked for NCMEC for the past 15 years. He has created countless age progression photos of missing children, as well as hundreds of skull reconstructions. Mullins will lead the workshop in Kimmerle’s lab, and he will also speak on Friday. NCMEC has exclusively partnered with Kimmerle at USF to teach forensic imaging to law enforcement since 2007, resulting in the training of more than 200 artists from a dozen counties.

In addition to creating the facial reconstructions, throughout the week Kimmerle and her team will perform skeletal analysis and chemical isotope testing in an effort to help identify the victims. Several forensic scientists will also be there to share their expertise and conduct lab work for each case.

Anyone seeing news coverage of the event that can identify the busts or provide information about any of the cases, is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS or submit tips here: https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=155&P3ID=155&DSID=155. Tips given directly to Crime Stoppers that lead to an arrest are eligible for a cash reward.

COLD CASE SUMMARIES

Case 1: Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office

Date of Death/Recovery: March 8, 2016

Recovery Location: St. Petersburg, Florida

Synopsis: In March 2016, a landscaping crew discovered human remains in a wooded area near the V.A. Memorial Park in St. Petersburg, Florida. The remains are believed to be an older aged white male, approximately 5’8” - 6’1” tall. Analysis of his bones shows he was in poor health, with severe arthritis and a deformed left hip. He also shows healed injuries on his face, arms, and legs, with surgical intervention (i.e. metal plates) on right forearm. His cause and manner of death are unknown. A wrist watch was discovered with his remains. Chemical isotope testing was conducted to estimate his geographical origin: the strontium and lead isotope data are consistent with a local U.S. origin of birth. Oxygen isotopes show that he likely grew up in the southeastern region of the U.S., from Texas to the east coast and from Georgia to central Florida. However, he may have resided north of this region (in the area of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, and from southern Virginia to North Carolina) during the last decade of his life. Overall, it’s been concluded that he was born in the southeast U.S., but spent a considerable amount of time before his death outside of Florida.

USF #: 16-004C

Pinellas SO#: 16-97212

ME Case #: 5160407

NCIC #: U010025957

NamUs: https://identifyus.org/en/cases/15482

If anyone has information, please contact: Det. Stephen Bergstrom, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, (727) 582-6140, sbergstrom@pcsonet.com.


Case 2: Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office

Date of Death/Recovery: September 23, 1975

Recovery Location: Thonotosassa, Florida

Synopsis: In September 1975, a human cranium was discovered lying on the ground surface in an orange grove near the intersection of Timmons and Bessie Dix Roads in Thonotosassa, Florida. The remains are believed to be those of a 25 - 35 year old white female. She had one dental restoration and an impacted third molar. No personal effects were found with her remains. She is believed to be a victim of a homicide. Chemical isotope testing was conducted to estimate her geographical origin: the strontium and lead isotope data are consistent with a local U.S. origin of birth.

USF #: 10-016C

Hillsborough SO #: 75-074391

ME Case #: 75-01398

NCIC #: U100016651

NamUs: https://identifyus.org/en/cases/197

If anyone has information, please contact: Major Det. Greg Thomas, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, (813) 247-8678, gthomas@hcso.tampa.fl.us.


Case 3: Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office

Date of Death/Recovery: May 24, 1985

Recovery Location: Adamsville, Florida

Synopsis: In May 1985, a witness discovered human remains on a vacant lot in an area known as Whiskey Stump near Adamsville, Florida. The remains are believed to be those of a 40 - 60 year old white male, approximately 5’6” - 5’10” tall. The man may have been homeless and appears to have died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. At discovery, he was wearing reddish-brown leather mid-top zipper boots, green pants, a western-style long-sleeved shirt, a white short-sleeved shirt and a leather jacket with a “Ranch Wear” label. Additionally, eyeglasses, a toiletry kit and a pack of Merit cigarettes were found with the man. Chemical isotope testing was conducted to estimate his geographical origin: the strontium and lead isotope data are consistent with a local U.S. origin of birth. During the last decade of his life, he likely resided in the northeast U.S., possibly North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, westernmost Nebraska, central Utah, northern Nevada, Oregon or Washington. He moved to Florida shortly before his death.

USF #: 16-033C

Hillsborough SO#: 85-108327

ME Case #: 85-00441

NCIC #: U159599808

NamUs: https://identifyus.org/en/cases/207

If anyone has information, please contact: Major Det. Greg Thomas, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, (813) 247-8678, gthomas@hcso.tampa.fl.us.


Case 4: Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office

Date of Death/Recovery: April 29, 1995

Recovery Location: Tampa, Florida

Synopsis: In April 1995, fishermen discovered human remains in a wooded area just north of Bearss Avenue near the Ramada Inn in Tampa, Florida. The remains were located next to a makeshift shelter, possibly used by homeless individuals. The remains are believed to be those of a 60+ year old white male, approximately 5’3” - 5’8” tall. Clothing, bottles and other items were found in close proximity to the remains. Investigators at the time believed the man was homeless and may have been known as “Bob” who was last seen in October 1994. Chemical isotope testing was conducted to estimate his geographical origin: the strontium and lead isotope data are consistent with a local U.S. origin of birth.

USF #: 10-031C

Hillsborough SO#: 95-035677

ME Case #: 95-02209

NCIC #: U160017288

NamUs: https://identifyus.org/en/cases/191

If anyone has information, please contact: Major Det. Greg Thomas, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, (813) 247-8678, gthomas@hcso.tampa.fl.us.


Case 5: Tampa Police Department

Date of Death/Recovery: December 7, 1985

Recovery Location: Tampa, Florida

Synopsis: In December 1985, a passerby discovered human remains in a remote field used as an unauthorized trash dumping site in Tampa, Florida. The remains are believed to be those of a 20 - 30 year old petite black female, approximately 5’2” - 5’9” tall. She was found nude and her death was ruled a homicide. Chemical isotope testing was conducted to estimate her geographical origin: the strontium and lead isotope data are consistent with a local U.S. origin of birth.

USF #: 16-024C

TPD #: 85-78437

ME Case #: 85-00945

NamUs: https://identifyus.org/en/cases/206

If anyone has information, please contact: Sgt. Greg VanHeyst, Tampa Police Department, (813) 276-3559, Gregory.VanHeyst@tampagov.net.


Case 6: Tampa Police Department

Date of Death/Recovery: February 10, 1979

Recovery Location: Tampa, Florida

Synopsis: In February 1979, a fire was reported in an abandoned shed located in a vacant lot in downtown Tampa. After the fire was extinguished, human remains were discovered in the burned structure. The remains are believed to be those of a 20 - 35 year old black female, approximately 5’1” - 5’5” tall. She was found wearing a brown shirt. Cause and manner of death are unknown, but the death is treated as suspicious. Chemical isotope testing was conducted to estimate her geographical origin: the strontium and lead isotope data are consistent with a local U.S. origin of birth. She likely spent the last decade of her life in the southeast U.S.

USF #: 10-017C

TPD #: 79-06710

ME Case #: 79-00154

NCIC #: U960016045

NamUs: https://identifyus.org/en/cases/218

If anyone has information, please contact: Sgt. Greg VanHeyst, Tampa Police Department, (813) 276-3559, Gregory.VanHeyst@tampagov.net.


Case 7: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

Date of Death/Recovery: August 26, 1983

Recovery Location: Crossville, Tennessee

Synopsis: In August 1983, human remains were discovered alongside a highway near Crossville in Cumberland County, Tennessee. The remains are believed to be those of a 17 - 21 year old black male, approximately 5’7” - 5’9” tall. He was found wearing blue jeans, a blue-gray t-shirt (size L) with the logo “I’m hers because she deserves the best” on the front.

USF #: 16-028C

ME Case #: 83-29F (A-918)

NCIC #: U650002098

NamUs: https://identifyus.org/en/cases/1580

If anyone has information, please contact: Dr. Lee Jantz, Associate Director, Forensic Anthropology Center, University of Tennessee, (865) 974-4408, ljantz@utk.edu.


Case 8: Kentucky State Police

Date of Death/Recovery: May 6, 1999

Recovery Location: Eddyville, Kentucky

Synopsis: In May 1999, two fishermen discovered human remains floating in Lake Barkley in Lyon County, Kentucky. The body was fully clothed and wrapped in snow chains and electrical wire. The remains are believed to be those of a 35 - 50 year old white male, approximately 5’6” - 6’1” tall. His cause of death was unknown, but the manner of death was ruled a homicide. The man had extensive dental work, including a permanent bridge, gold and porcelain crowns, and numerous dental fillings. He also suffered a broken leg in life that had completely healed before his death. Chemical isotope testing was conducted to estimate his geographical origin: the strontium and lead isotope data are consistent with a local U.S. origin of birth.

Clothing & Accessories Included: A white t-shirt (Size XL) front logo “No Fear Sports Bar” and back logo “No Fear Gear”; Blue jeans (Size 38x30); Blue and white nylon Starter windbreaker emblazoned with Dallas Cowboys logo; Green nylon Reebok jacket; White leather “Voit” tennis shoes (Size 10 ½); Black leather belt; Eight ton, blue hydraulic jack; Maroon sport shirt. There was also a tan and green blanket and a Blue Star Transportation band #0271668 located 20 feet from the body.

USF #: 16-010C

KSP #: 01-99-0902

ME Case #: 99-076

NCIC #: U210505581

NamUs: https://identifyus.org/en/cases/75

If anyone has information, please contact: Detective Steven Silfies, Kentucky State Police, (270) 856-3721, Steven.Silfies@KY.gov.


Case 9: Polk County Sheriff’s Office

Date of Death/Recovery: January 18, 1993

Recovery Location: Frostproof, Florida

Synopsis: In January 1993, a body was discovered between two refrigeration units at the rear of a grocery store in Frostproof, Florida. The remains are believed to be those of an 18 - 25 year old Hispanic male, approximately 5’2” - 5’4” tall. The man had dark brown shoulder-length straight hair and a goatee. He was found wearing a light gray long-sleeved button up shirt, Levi’s jeans (size 30 x 30) and brown tennis shoes (size 7½ - 8). Chemical isotope testing was conducted to estimate his geographical origin: his strontium isotope is consistent with region of birth as Central America, most likely Mexico.

USF #: 16-023C

Polk SO #: 1993-7450

ME Case #: FA93-035

NCIC #: U705779083

NamUs #: https://identifyus.org/en/cases/10251

If anyone has information, please contact: Sgt. David Wallace, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, (863) 797-6586, DWallace@polksheriff.org.


Case 10: Volusia County Sheriff’s Office

Date of Death/Recovery: May 7, 1972

Recovery Location: Daytona Beach, Florida

Synopsis: In May 1972, two witnesses discovered a body floating in a pond approximately three miles north of U.S. Hwy 92 near Daytona Beach, Florida. The body was found partially nude, wearing only a red and white striped knit shirt. The remains are believed to be those of a 13 - 14 year old white male, approximately 5’4” - 5’8” tall. His cause of death was multiple stab wounds, and his manner of death ruled a homicide. Numerous items were discovered near his body, including black shoes, brown socks, tweed pants, a blue jean jacket, a wallet containing $6.17 and a green Schwinn ten-speed bicycle. Chemical isotope testing was conducted to estimate his geographical origin: the strontium and lead isotope data are consistent with a local U.S. origin of birth.

USF #: 16-019C

Volusia SO #: 72-0008227

ME Case #: 72-00087

NCIC #: U950028252

NamUs #: https://identifyus.org/en/cases/13620

If anyone has information, please contact: Investigator Joseph Mullin, District Seven Medical Examiner’s Office, (386) 258-4060, jmullin@Volusia.org.


Case 11: Marion County Sheriff’s Office

Date of Death/Recovery: November 5, 2015

Recovery Location: Ocklawaha, Florida

Synopsis: In November 2015, three fishermen walking through a rural wooded area discovered human remains near Ocklawaha, Florida. The remains are believed to be those of a 30 - 50 year old white male. He had very poor dental health, periodontal disease and numerous amalgam and composite dental restorations. Chemical isotope testing was conducted to estimate his geographical origin: he was likely a foreign national. He probably grew up in Western Europe, the Middle East, or Australia, and only recently moved to Florida prior to his death.

USF #: 15-019C

Marion SO #: 15-038877

ME Case #: 2015-01349

NamUs #: https://identifyus.org/en/cases/15521

If anyone has information, please contact: Det. Shannon Wiles, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, (352) 368-3539, swiles@marionso.com.


Case 12: Pennsylvania State Police

Date of Death/Recovery: September 28, 1970

Recovery Location: Luzerne County, Pennsylvania

Synopsis: In September 1970, the remains of a nude female were discovered dumped in a wooded area west of Interstate 81, near the Nuangola Exit in Rice Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. The remains are believed to be those of a 25 - 40 year old black female, approximately 5’4” - 5’9” tall. On September 26, 2016, her remains were exhumed in Pennsylvania by personnel from IFAAS and the Pennsylvania State Police to perform forensic analyses.

USF#: 16-037C

PSP #: N01-6234

NamUs #: https://identifyus.org/en/cases/15853

If anyone has information, please contact: Cpl. Thomas C. McAndrew, Criminal Investigation Assessment Unit, Pennsylvania State Police (570) 459-3890, thmcandrew@pa.gov.


Case 13: Pennsylvania State Police

Date of Death/Recovery: August 9, 1973

Recovery Location: Luzerne County, Pennsylvania

Synopsis: In August 1973, a motorist discovered human remains wrapped in a blanket and covered with sulfuric acid in a large cleared area north of Interstate 80 in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. The remains are believed to be those of 20 - 30 year old black female, approximately 4’10” - 5’2” tall. At discovery, she was wearing blue-green shorts, a pink blouse with white lace trim and blue slippers with a floral design. Her hair was pulled back into a two inch long ponytail and she had a partial upper dental plate. On September 26, 2016, her remains were exhumed in Pennsylvania by personnel from IFAAS and the Pennsylvania State Police to perform forensic analyses.

USF#: 16-038C
PSP #: S08-5332

NCIC#: U930004422

NamUs: https://identifyus.org/en/cases/8924

If anyone has information, please contact: Cpl. Thomas C. McAndrew, Criminal Investigation Assessment Unit, Pennsylvania State Police (570) 459-3890, thmcandrew@pa.gov.


Case 14: Pennsylvania State Police

Date of Death/Recovery: January 1, 2016

Recovery Location: Delaware County, Pennsylvania

Synopsis: In January 2016, hikers walking in a wooded area along a trail in Ridley Creek State Park, Pennsylvania discovered human remains. The body was fully clothed in cold weather attire. The remains are believed to be those of a 25 - 40 year old white female, approximately 5’3” - 5’10” tall. Numerous items were discovered near her body, including a blanket, a box cutter, three rings, two backpacks, two pairs of shoes and two empty pill bottles. She is believed to have died sometime in 2014.

USF#: 16-042

PSP #: K02-2106302

ME Case #: 16-0006

NamUs: https://identifyus.org/en/cases/14642

If anyone has information, please contact: Trooper Andrew Martin, Pennsylvania State Police, (215) 452-5216, amartin@ps.gov.


Case 15: Alachua County Sheriff’s Office

Date of Death/Recovery: August 20, 2003

Recovery Location: Gainesville, Florida

Synopsis: In August 2003, the body of an infant was discovered in a pond in a residential neighborhood in Gainesville, Florida. The remains are believed to be those of a black female, around 40 weeks old (full term). Cause and manner of death is unknown. Chemical isotope testing was conducted to estimate her geographical origin: the strontium and lead isotope data are consistent with a local U.S. origin of birth.

USF #: 16-016C

Alachua SO #: 03-9523

ME #: 03-336

NCIC #: U230004262

NamUs: https://identifyus.org/en/cases/476

If anyone has information, please contact: Det. Kevin Allen, Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, (352) 384-3323, kallen@alachuasheriff.org.


Case 16: Pasco County Sheriff’s Office/Florida Highway Patrol

Date of Death/Recovery: August 23, 1982

Recovery Location: Land O Lakes, Florida

Synopsis: In August 1982, a pedestrian was struck by an automobile along State Route 52 near Land O’Lakes, Florida. The pedestrian is believed to be a 40 - 60 year old white or Hispanic male, approximately 5’8” tall. He had medium long brown hair and gray/green eyes. He also had an appendectomy scar on his right abdomen and a vertical scar on his right thigh. At the time of death, he was wearing blue jeans, a plaid long-sleeve button-up shirt, a white t-shirt, white underwear, brown socks, brown work-style boots and was carrying a bag of grapefruit. Chemical isotope testing was conducted to estimate his geographical origin: the strontium and lead isotope data are consistent with a local U.S. origin of birth.

USF #: 10-046C

FHP #: 782-28-031

ME #: 82-1506

NCIC #: U040022561

NamUs: https://identifyus.org/en/cases/1271

If anyone has information, please contact: Sgt. Jason Hatcher, Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, (727) 844-7723.


Case 17: Hernando County Sheriff’s Office

Date of Death/Recovery: May 22, 2000

Recovery Location: Brooksville, Florida

Synopsis: In May 2000, a family discovered a human cranium in a wooded area along U.S. Hwy 19 near Brooksville, Florida. The remains are believed to be those of a 40+ year old black and/or American Indian male. Chemical isotope testing was conducted to estimate his geographical origin: the strontium and lead isotope data are consistent with a local U.S. origin of birth.

USF #: 10-010C

Hernando SO #: 2000-08205

ME #: 2000-00559

NCIC #: U270023091

NamUs: https://identifyus.org/en/cases/6044

If anyone has information, please contact: Det. George Loydgren, Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, (352) 797-3714, GLoydgren@hernandosheriff.org.


Case 18: Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office

Date of Death/Recovery: May 25, 1981

Recovery Location: Pulaski County, Missouri

Synopsis: In May 1981, two people discovered a body partially submerged in shallow water at a low water crossing in Pulaski County, Missouri. The remains are believed to be those of a 25 - 40 year old white or Hispanic female, approximately 5’1” - 5’5” tall. She had long black hair, brown eyes and a full upper dental plate. At discovery, she was wearing a dark blue long-sleeved blouse with white pinstripes (brand name “TRY 1”), blue jeans (brand name “In Gear”), blue underwear and a bra (with name “Jubel” or “Julie” written inside). Her cause of death was strangulation and manner of death was ruled a homicide. Chemical isotope testing was conducted to estimate her geographical origin: the strontium and lead isotope data are consistent with a local U.S. origin of birth. Oxygen isotopes show that she likely grew up in the southeastern region of the U.S., from Texas to the east coast and from Georgia to south Florida. She may have been living in Missouri for a few years prior to death.

USF #: 16-008C

Pulaski SO #: 1505-04264

ME #: A-12-81

NCIC #: U130026166

NamUs: https://identifyus.org/en/cases/10222

If anyone has information, please contact: Det. DJ Renno, Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, (573) 774-6196, drenno@pcsheriff2.com.


Case 19: Tampa Police Department

Date of Death/Recovery: October 21, 1993

Recovery Location: Tampa, Florida

Synopsis: In October 1993, a body was discovered underneath 11 bags of stucco mix in a warehouse in Tampa, Florida. The warehouse was known to be frequented by homeless individuals. The remains are believed to be those of a 35 - 50 year old white male, approximately 5’3” - 5’10” tall. He had dark straight hair. At discovery, he was found wearing a long-sleeved yellow shirt and pants. The cause and manner of death are unknown.

USF #: 10-029C

Tampa PD#: 93-070517

ME #: 93-01284

NCIC #: U711468860

NamUs: https://identifyus.org/en/cases/192

If anyone has information, please contact: Det. Scott Bullard, Tampa Police Department, (813) 276-3574, Scott.bullard@tampagov.net.


Case 20: Pennsylvania State Police

Date of Death/Recovery: May 28, 1979

Recovery Location: Luzerne County, Pennsylvania

Case Synopsis: In May 1979, two witnesses walking to a fishing spot in a remote wooded area discovered a body near the bottom of an embankment in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. It is believed the individual died approximately 10 - 14 days prior to being found. The remains are believed to be those of a 15 - 20 year old white male, approximately 5’8” - 6’0” tall. He was found wearing a black long-sleeved shirt, tan trousers with white pinstripes, white underwear, black socks, black shoes, a silver bracelet (with “Vedon” on the clasp) and a 14k gold ring (with serpent design) on his right little finger. His cause of death was gunshot wound and manner of death was ruled homicide. On September 26, 2016, his remains were exhumed in Pennsylvania by personnel from IFAAS and the Pennsylvania State Police to perform forensic analyses.

USF #: 16-039C

Pennsylvania SP#: P01-58063

ME #: A-22-79

NCIC #: U854801277

NamUs: https://identifyus.org/en/cases/15764

If anyone has information, please contact: Trooper Stephen P. Polishan, Pennsylvania State Police, (570) 697-2000, spolishan@pa.gov.

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Oct. 16, 2015

View a slide show of the artists working on the 3D plastic replicated skulls during day 1 of the workshop.

TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 16, 2015) - Imagine trying to identify a homicide victim based on a brand of jeans, how tall someone stood or the coins found in their pockets. The task is near impossible, and sometimes it prevents identification altogether, leaving the case cold for decades.

The hope of solving more of these cold cases is why artists from across the country came to work with the FL Institute for Forensic Anthropology & Applied Science (IFAAS) at the University of South Florida this past week. They created facial reconstructions of nine cold case victims in conjunction with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and the Florida Sheriff’s Association. These cases from throughout Florida consist of two juveniles and seven adults. The oldest case dates back to 1967.

The artists were each assigned a cold case victim and a 3D printed skull, which were created by Dr. Erin Kimmerle, USF anthropologist and Director of IFAAS, and her forensics team by scanning the original skulls, and printing 3D replicas at the USF Visualization Center.

The replicated plastic skulls provided the artists information they needed to sculpt the likeness of the victim. The forensic artists are trained to know the anatomy of the human face, and the bone structure will dictate the final product including the eyebrows, lip shape and eyes.

The idea of pairing 3D printed skulls with a team of artists first was conceived by forensic artist Joe Mullins, who has worked for NCMEC for the past 15 years. Mullins has created countless age progression photos of missing children, as well as hundreds of skull reconstructions on his own. However, it took him eight years to get outside artists involved because medical examiners prohibited the artists from using real skulls from crime scenes. Mullins decided to incorporate 3D printing into the mix, and the first event using this technology took place in New York in Jan. 2015. Video from this event can be found here.

Mullins’s connection with Kimmerle is what sparked this second event at USF, titled “The Art of Forensics: Solving Florida’s Cold Cases”.

This past week, forensic artists worked in Kimmerle’s lab at USF.  The final products were revealed, along with updated information about the victim’s age, ancestry and geographic origins at a press conference held on Friday at the Interdisciplinary Sciences Building.

In addition to creating the facial reconstructions, Dr. Kimmerle and her team performed skeletal analysis and chemical isotope testing in an effort to help identify the victims. Several forensic scientists at the workshop also shared their expertise and conducted lab work on each of the cases. There was also a demonstration of the latest GPS mapping technology of unsolved cold case locations throughout Florida.

Keynote speakers for the event included Thirteenth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Mark A. Ober, and Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco. Additional guest speakers included Dr. Erin Kimmerle and USF Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences Dr. Eric Eisenberg. Download a copy of the event program here.

The goal of IFAAS, NCMEC and the sheriff’s offices is to identify the victims, solve the crimes and help family and friends of the victims find closure. Anyone seeing news coverage of the event who can identify the busts or provide information about these or other cold cases, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS or submit your tip here: https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=155&P3ID=155&DSID=155 Tips given directly to Crime Stoppers that lead to an arrest are eligible for a cash reward.

While the Art of Forensics event is only open to invited media, the busts will be moved after the Oct. 16 event for public display at:

The Richard A. and Patricia P. Waterman Gallery

Department of Anthropology

College of Arts and Sciences

University of South Florida

4202 E. Fowler Ave., SOC111

Tampa, FL 33620

Case Synopsis:


Case 1 USF10-006 Artist Profile


Case 1: Pasco County Sheriff's Office/Dade City Police Department

USF10-006

Dade City Case No.: 1981-057

ME Case No.: 303-81

NamUs.gov link: https://identifyus.org/cases/2307

Year of Death: 1981
Approximate Age: 40-50 years

READ CASE 1 NOTES HERE.

Case Synopsis:


Case 2 USF11-002 Artist Profile


Case 2: Pasco County Sheriff's Office

USF11-002

PSO Case No.: 90-0905

ME Case No.: 90-23505

NCIC No.: U449939209

NamUs.gov link: https://identifyus.org/cases/2308

Year of Death: 1990
Approximate Age: 40-60 years

Approximate Years of Birth: ca. 1930-1950s

READ CASE 2 NOTES HERE.

Case Synopsis:


Case 3 USF15-010 Artist Profile


Case 3: Hernando County Sheriff's Office

USF15-010

HCSO Case No.: 72-06053

ME Case No.: 2015-00893

NamUs.gov link: https://identifyus.org/cases/6043/

Year of Death: 1972
Approximate Age: 25-40 years

Approximate Years of Birth: ca. 1930-1950s

READ CASE 3 NOTES HERE.

Case Synopsis:


Case 4 USF09-002 Artist Profile


Case 4: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

USF09-002

HCSO Case No.: 2009-146233

ME Case No.: ME09-01777

NCIC No.: U630022398

NamUs.gov link: https://identifyus.org/cases/4976

Year of Death: 2009
Approximate Age: 12-16 years

Approximate Years of Birth: ca. 1990s

READ CASE 4 NOTES HERE.

Case Synopsis:


Case 5 USF15-007 Artist Profile


Case 5: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

USF15-007

HCSO Case No.: 88-019276

ME Case No.: MEA-220-88

NCIC No.: U293390463

NamUs.gov link: https://identifyus.org/en/cases/201

Year of Death: 1988
Approximate Age: 30-40 years

Approximate Years of Birth: ca. 1950-1960s

READ CASE 5 NOTES HERE.

Case Synopsis:


Case 6 USF15-011 Artist Profile


Case 6: Polk County Sheriff's Office - IDENTIFIED (JESSICA ROUSSEAU)

USF15-011

PCSO Case No.: 2015-12901

ME Case No.: 2015-10-FA-0162

NamUs.gov link: https://identifyus.org/cases/14112

Year of Death: 2014-2015

Approximate Age: 30-45 years

Approximate Years of Birth: 1970-1985

READ CASE 6 NOTES HERE.

Case Synopsis:


Case 7 USF15-0013 Artist Profile


Case 7: Alachua County Sheriff's Office

USF15-013

ACSO Case No.: 79-002218

ME Case No.: 78-79

Year of Death: 1978
Approximate Age: 30-45 years

Approximate Years of Birth: ca. 1930-40s

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Case 8 USF15-017 Artist Profile

Case 8: Alachua County Sheriff's Office/Florida Highway Patrol

USF15-017

ACSO Case No.: / FHP 787-11-35

NamUs.gov link: https://identifyus.org/cases/474

Year of Death: 1987
Approximate Age: 15-19 years

Approximate Years of Birth: ca. 1968-1972

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Case 9 USF15-016 Artist Profile


Case 9: Marion County Sheriff's Office

USF15-016

MCSO Case No.: 67-50478

ME Case No.: 67-2066

NamUs.gov link: https://identifyus.org/cases/6053

Year of Death: 1967
Approximate Age: 25-40

Approximate Years of Birth: ca. 1935-1940s

READ CASE 9 NOTES HERE.

After completion of the bust, the Marion County Sheriff's Office compiled a video to further help identify their "Jane Doe." View the video here.


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