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FL LAKE PANASOFFKEE JANE DOE: WF, 17-24, found under bridge - Feb 1971 - From Europe / Greece?

Discussion in 'Unidentified 1900 to 1979' started by SheWhoMustNotBeNamed, Mar 3, 2017.

  1. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Interesting take on this doe, Akoya. Isn't it interesting how if we have a tie to one of these does, we really want the case solved badly?

    Did they ever have mail-order brides from Greece?
     
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  2. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member


    I don't know. I'm not Greek. I just spent time in that corner of the world. I'm very interested in Ben Needham's disappearance, also. I love the Greek islands.
     
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  3. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarpon_Springs,_Florida

    Epiphany celebration
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    A double-headed eagle portrayed in a stained glass window inside Tarpon Springs' St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral.


    Tarpon Springs is known for elaborate religious ceremonies hosted by the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, part of the Greek Orthodox Church, including the January 6 Epiphany, celebration that includes youths diving for a cross and the blessing of the waters and the boats. Since the first Greek immigrants depended on the sea and their boats for their livelihood, their attachment to a religious service centered on requesting divine protection for what used to be a highly risky job can be easily explained.

    The celebration attracts Greek Americans from across the country, and the city's population is known to triple in size for that day. The Metropolitan of Atlanta usually presides over the blessings, sometimes joined by the Archbishop of America. The blessings conclude with the ceremonial throwing of a wooden cross into the city's Spring Bayou, and boys ages 16 to 18 dive in to retrieve it: whoever recovers the cross is said to be blessed for a full year.[12] Following the blessings, the celebration moves to the Sponge Docks where food and music are made part of the festivities.

    On January 6, 2006, the 100th anniversary celebration of the Epiphany services in Tarpon Springs was the occasion for a visit by Bartholomew I, the Patriarch of Constantinople, who is considered "first among equals" of all hierarchs of the Orthodox Church. He presided over the Epiphany services in one of the few visits to America by an Ecumenical Patriarch.
     
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  4. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://www.athensguide.com/lavrion/

    Lavrion, Greece
    No longer a place to be avoided, the port of Lavrion is changing faster than any town in Greece, opening tavernas, mezedopouleions, cafes and shops while becoming an important ferry boat hub for the Cyclades Islands and home port for several cruise ships and sailboat companies.

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    The area is known for its industry and mining operations from ancient times. This is where the giant columns from the temple of Posideon at nearby Sounion were dug out. The Silver mines date back to prehistoric times. The washeries where the silver was extracted are still visible and currently in a state of being restored. These mining facilities are believed to be the oldest in the world! The Lavrion Silver mines financed the fleet with which the ancient Athenians defeated the Persians, and financed the building of the Acropolis and other monuments of the Golden Age of Athens. Later the mines got much more industrialized, and covered the entire region with melting pots and tunnels as well as some of the bi-products of mining and extracting. One effect of this industrialization was that Lavrion had the first railroad tracks in Greece, and the first proper harbour facility to load ore via a bridge to barges and ships.

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    Up until a few years ago Lavrion was a pretty dismal place. The unemployment was around 75% and the city was used as a refugee center for Kurds and other people. The physical state of Lavrion was so bad that Greek film director Theo Angelopoulos, used the city as a stand-in for war-torn Sarajevo in his film Ulysses Gaze. In the last few years Lavrion has gone through an amazing transformation. Restaurants, shops and cafes have opened and Lavrion has new life due to the rebuilding of the port into a major ferry terminal for the Greek islands and the relocation of several sailboat charter companies and a marina. There are two well stocked supermarkets at the top of the town's central square, which is more like an extended rectangle with fountains and cafes and restaurants as well as a couple excellent bakeries. On Thursday Lavrion has a fantastic Laiki Agora (farmer's market).

     
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  5. Akoya

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  6. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    The distance between Tarpon Springs and Lake Panasoffkee is 73.2 miles on I-75. The trip would require One hour and 24 minutes.

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  7. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    Baylor University, Waco, Texas

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  8. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    Because of the silver mining industry in the Lavrion area, I looked for mining engineering degrees at Baylor University. Baylor doesn't offer mining engineering. Texas A&M would be a better choice for that program. The man with the size 36 belt probably wasn't studying mining engineering for silver at Baylor University.


    The eight joint undergraduate/graduate degree programs are:
    • Electrical and Computer Engineering Joint Program B.S.E.C.E./M.S.E.C.E.
    • Electrical and Computer Engineering/Biomedical Engineering B.S.E.C.E/M.S.B.M.E.
    • Electrical and Computer Engineering/Master of Engineering B.S.E.C.E./M.E.
    • Mechanical Engineering Joint Program B.S.M.E./M.S.M.E.
    • Mechanical Engineering/Biomedical Engineering B.S.M.E./M.S.B.M.E.
    • Mechanical Engineering/Master of Engineering B.S.M.E./M.E.
    • Engineering/Biomedical Engineering B.S.E./M.S.B.M.E.
    • Engineering/Master of Engineering B.S.E./M.E.
    http://www.ecs.baylor.edu/index.php?id=860671
     
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  9. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://www.baylor.edu/graduate/index.php?id=97433

    Baylor University

    Below is a full list of degree-granting programs offered by the Graduate School. Each listing provides a link to the department's website where you will find comprehensive information about the program, course offerings, degree plans and scholarship application information.

    American Studies M.A.
    Athletic Training M.A.T.
    Biology Ph.D. | M.S. | M.A.
    Biomedical Engineering M.S.B.M.E.
    Biomedical Studies Ph.D. | M.S.
    Business - Accountancy M.Acc.
    Business - Executive MBA - Dallas M.B.A.
    Business - Executive MBA in Austin M.B.A.
    Business - Entrepreneurship Ph.D.
    Business - Healthcare Administration M.B.A.
    Business - Health Services Research Ph.D.
    Business - Information Systems - M.S. M.S.I.S.
    Business - Information Systems - Ph.D. Ph.D.
    Business - MBA M.B.A.
    Business - Online MBA M.B.A.
    Business - Taxation M.Tax.
    Chemistry & Biochemistry M.S. | Ph.D.
    Church Music M.M. | D.M.A. | Ph.D.
    Clinical Psychology Psy.D.
    Collaborative Piano M.M.
    Communication M.A.
    Communication Sciences and Disorders M.S.
    Composition (Music) M.M.
    Computer Science M.S.
    Computer Science Ph.D.
    Conducting (Music) M.M.
    Curriculum and Instruction (Education) Ed.D. | M.A. | M.S.Ed.
    Curriculum and Instruction (Ph.D.) Ph.D.
    Directing (Theatre Arts) M.F.A.
    Ecological, Earth, and Environmental Sciences Ph.D.
    Economics M.S.Eco.
    Educational Leadership EdD
    Educational Psychology M.A. | M.S.Ed. | E.S. S.P.S.Y
    Educational Psychology - Ph.D. Ph.D.
    Electrical and Computer Engineering M.S.E.C.E. | Ph.D.
    Engineering M.E.
    English Ph.D. | M.A.
    Environmental Biology M.S.
    Environmental Science M.S. | Ph.D.
    Environmental Studies M.E.S.
    Geosciences M.S. | Ph.D.
    Gifted and Talented Education (Educational Psych) M.S.Ed.
    Health, Human Performance, and Recreation M.S. | M.P.H.
    Higher Education and Leadership Ph.D.
    Higher Education and Student Affairs M.S.Ed. in Student Affairs
    History M.A. | Ph.D.
    International Journalism M.I.J.
    International Relations (Political Science) M.A.
    Journalism, Public Relations and New Media M.A.
    Kinesiology Exercise Nutr Health Promotion (HHPR) Ph.D.
    Limnology (Biology) M.S.L.
    Mathematics Ph.D. | M.S.
    Mechanical Engineering M.S.M.E. | Ph.D.
    Museum Studies M.A.
    Music Education M.M.
    Musicology M.M.
    Music Theory M.M.
    Nursing Leadership and Innovation-Online M.S.N.
    Nurse Midwifery D.N.P.
    Nurse Practitioner - DNP D.N.P.
    Neonatal Nurse Practitioner - DNP D.N.P.
    Nutrition Sciences M.S.
    Performance (Music) M.M.
    Philosophy Ph.D.
    Physical Therapy D.P.T.
    Physics M.A. | M.S. | Ph.D.
    Piano Pedagogy and Performance M.M.
    Political Science Ph.D.
    Psychology and Neuroscience Ph.D.
    Public Health M.P.H.
    Public Policy & Administration (Political Science) M.P.P.A.
    Religion Ph.D.
    School Psychology Program (Educational Psychology) Ed.S.|Ph.D.
    Social Work Ph.D.
    Sociology Ph.D.
    Spanish M.A.
    Sport Management M.S.E.D
    Statistical Science M.S. | Ph.D.
    Theatre M.A.
     
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  10. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://www.athensguide.com/lavrion/

    Lavrion, Greece
    The area is known for its industry and mining operations from ancient times. This is where the giant columns from the temple of Posideon at nearby Sounion were dug out. The Silver mines date back to prehistoric times. The washeries where the silver was extracted are still visible and currently in a state of being restored. These mining facilities are believed to be the oldest in the world! The Lavrion Silver mines financed the fleet with which the ancient Athenians defeated the Persians, and financed the building of the Acropolis and other monuments of the Golden Age of Athens. Later the mines got much more industrialized, and covered the entire region with melting pots and tunnels as well as some of the bi-products of mining and extracting. One effect of this industrialization was that Lavrion had the first railroad tracks in Greece, and the first proper harbour facility to load ore via a bridge to barges and ships.


    More conjecture...

    Someone from Lavrion, Greece could be interested in these Baylor University programs ...


    Experience the dramatic transformation that the Baylor Geology Department has experienced in establishing a major national and international research presence.

    AREAS OF STUDY
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    http://www.baylor.edu/geology/
     
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  11. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member



    Lake Panasoffkee Jane Doe's case is discussed at the 36:58 minute mark.
     
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  12. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    "What if" Jane Doe was strangled and thrown from the I-75 bridge in Florida, but not reported missing until days later in Texas?

    The distance between the two locations is 1,080.2 miles for 15 hours and 54 minutes, via I-10 West.

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  13. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

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  14. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    The victim came to the United States within one to three months of her death. It has been determined that she was of Greek descent and could have arrived in the U.S. directly from there just prior to her death.


    Perhaps, she accompanied her husband to Texas when he started the Fall semester as a foreign student. Three months prior to her estimated death would have been September of 1970.
     
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  15. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://webcache.googleusercontent.c...u/UF00028420/00580+&cd=19&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

    This is Google's cache of http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00028420/00580

    New scientific information has led sheriffs investigators to release the composite drawings above concerning the identity of the 1971 murder victim known as Little Miss Lake Panasoffkee. New leads in1971 murder New scientific information may help solve a murder mystery that has haunted Sumter County law enforcement officials for more than 40 years. While sheriffs department investigators have long believed that the 1971 murder victim dubbed Little Miss Lake Panasoffkee was of American Indian descent, new scientific techniques have determined that the woman was actually of Greek descent and probably had been in the United States less than a year before her murder. The new information has sheriffs investigators hopeful that the identity of Little Miss Lake Panasoffkee will be determined. Were cautiously optimistic that the new information will give us some leads to follow up and that well at least be able to identify her, said sheriffs Capt. Kevin Hofecker. The body of Little Miss Lake Panasoffkee was found on Feb. 19, 1971 under the Lake Panasoffkee Bridge on Interstate 75. Two hitchhikers from Illinois saw the body below them in swamps as they stood on the south end of the bridge in the northbound lane. By the time the body was discovered, it was partially decomposed. Investigators believe she had been murdered at least a week before her body was found. Her age was estimated between 17 and 24 years old. The cause of death was determined to be strangulation. A brown belt was found wrapped around her throat. Her body was clothed but the clothing had deteriorated and was not identifiable until just recently. Her birth date is estimated between 1949 and 1952. She was 5 feet 2, weighing about 110 to 120 pounds with dark brown hair and brown eyes, small to medium build, and probably righthanded. She wore a small, thin, yellow neck chain, a yellow ring with a clear stone on the right hand, a yellow metal watch (17-jewel Baylor) with a repaired metal band on her left wrist. The victim had four lower and two upper teeth missing. Six teeth had silver fillings and there was one porcelain cap in the upper front. There were possibly two pregnancies. She probably suffered repeated ankle sprains and instability of the right ankle, which resulted in orthopedic surgery, utilizing the WatsonJones technique, at about age 15 to 18. A life-size rendering of Little Miss Lake Panasoffke is being created in hopes that the murder victim will be identified.
     
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  16. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://z10.invisionfree.com/usedtobedoe/ar/t6584.htm

    http://www.thevillagesdailysun.com/article...news/news02.txt

    Little miss Panasoffkee

    By DAN SULLIVAN, DAILY SUN

    LAKE PANASOFFKEE The Lake Panasoffkee bridge is a forgettable span that thousands of travelers cross every day.

    There is little to distinguish this half-mile section of Interstate 75 from the rest of the highway. Thick trees line both sides of the bridge, giving little indication that there is water underneath. Travelers speed past, likely never giving the bridge or the lake beneath it a second thought.

    However nondescript the bridge may be, countless travelers have given it a deadly history that has left a mark on Sumter County. Before the bridge was widened to accommodate the traffic flow, fatalities were a common occurrence.

    But perhaps the best-known fatality on the bridge was not the result of an accident.

    On Feb. 19, 1971, two hitchhikers were walking on the side of the northbound lanes of the bridge when they noticed the body of a young woman floating in the water below. The hitchhikers flagged down a Sumter County sheriff's deputy, beginning what has now become one of Sumter County's oldest homicide investigations.

    Thirty-five years later, Sumter County sheriff's Capt. Gary Brannen thumbs through the contents of a cardboard box marked "Little Miss Panasoffkee," which contains the entire case file on the still-unidentified woman.




    "We don't necessarily hold out a whole lot of hope of solving who killed Miss Panasoffkee," Brannen said, using the name former sheriff James Adams gave the woman in the 1980s. "Our best hope is that we will find out who she was. That's what we really want to do. She's somebody�s child. They're still worried about that child, not knowing what happened to her, and we'd like to put that to rest."

    The accepted theory

    "Little Miss Panasoffkee" was found with a man's size 36 leather belt looped twice around her neck, and investigators determined the cause of death was strangulation.

    "It appeared that she had been murdered, maybe in a car as it was being driven down the road, or killed at some point in time, and brought there and dumped out, off the bridge," Brannen said. "Even then, it was a well-traveled roadway. It very well may have been just somebody passing through that did this and then dumped the body."

    Forensic anthropologist William Maples of the University of Florida examined the remains after they were exhumed in 1986.

    Maples concluded that the woman was most likely between the ages of 18 and 19 when she died. She could have been as old as 23. "Little Miss Panasoffkee" was Caucasian, but facial features indicate that she may have had some Native American ancestry.

    "This person had been taken care of at some point in time," Brannen said. He noted that X-rays of the remains revealed that the woman had undergone dental work to include fillings in several teeth. Maples also found evidence that the woman had possibly gone through two pregnancies, giving investigators reason to believe that the woman still has family somewhere.

    "We believe it's a person who is disenfranchised from her family. They're not in the family fold, so to speak," Brannen said.

    "People come to Florida even today. A lot of them come here for the wrong reasons, because they think that everybody in Florida lives on the beach and there's all sorts of jobs available," he said. "Really, Florida can be a very treacherous place for people who are not familiar with it and are somewhat naive."

    Perhaps Maples' most peculiar find was evidence of orthopedic surgery to the woman's right ankle.

    "Her right ankle had orthopedic surgery and the technique that was used in it was called the Watson-Jones technique," Brannen said.

    "We believe that the surgery occurred probably between 1967 and 1970. This was something that we really thought would give us a very good chance of doing something," he said. "We thought that was a very good clue that we got out at that time in 1986 to the orthopedic community through medical journals and such, to see if possibly somebody had done surgery on someone and then later on that person went missing. Again, that didn't give us anything, but we're still hopeful."

    When the investigation began, many tips investigators received came from people who believed the girl may have been their runaway daughter, Brannen said. In contrast, he said, most of the leads that investigators receive today are from people who believe the woman may be their mother, whom they have not seen for many years.

    Investigators combed missing persons files from around the country, but no match was ever made. Likewise, no strong suspects in the murder have ever been identified.

    "Thirty-five years of work and we don't have any more of an idea of who she is today than we did in 1971," Brannen said. "It's one of those cases that still haunts us."

    Reasons for hope

    One major obstacle that has hampered the investigation from the beginning was the lack of resources that were available in Sumter County in the early 1970s.

    "Our laboratory resources were not what they are today. The media was not as accessible. The Internet wasn't there," Brannen said. "There were all sorts of things back then that hampered an investigation. But they did as best as they could back then with what they had.

    "The good news is that we were able to send the bones recently to the FBI in Washington, and they were able to extract some DNA," he said. "So if we do come to a good lead to where we believe that this person could be a relative of Miss Panasoffkee, we can take DNA samples and send them to the FBI to see if they're included in that."

    In addition to the availability of DNA technology, recent plans to develop a statewide cold case team, utilizing resources from law enforcement agencies from across Florida, have been set in motion. The idea of developing what is known as a Cold Case Review Assessment Team in Florida is something that was spearheaded by Sumter County officials following their work with the cold case team run by the Texas Sheriff's Association.

    Sumter County sheriff's officials sought the help of the Texas team during their investigation of the 2000 murder of 72-year-old Margarita Ruiz and her 45-year-old daughter Esperanza Wells in the rural community of Tarrytown, near Webster. After the homicide had been classified as a cold case for six years, investigators earlier this year were able to identify a Wisconsin man as the individual who allegedly shot and stabbed the two women to death.

    Brannen said the Texas team developed a profile of the perpetrator in that case that was revealed to be very accurate once the case was solved.

    "We didn't solve our case directly as a result of what they told us," Brannen said, "but when we did solve it, the profile they gave us was 100 percent accurate. They said it was a paranoid schizophrenic in a delusion, at least 25 years old, and that's what it was."

    Once the team is started, agencies from all over Florida will be able to bring their own cold cases to the team in Tallahassee, which will meet two to three times a year. The team will examine evidence and report on what they believe needs to be done in order to move the case forward.


    "Sometimes the best thing for one of these cases is a fresh set of eyes," Brannen said.

    "This cold case assessment team concept is profilers, laboratory people, investigators, forensic crime scene people, a medical examiner who all get together and start listening and round-tabling this case," he said. "Before you know it, the detectives who make this presentation have two or three pages of notes to go back and work with to breathe life back into a cold case."

    "There's that kind of talent here in Florida," Brannen said. "It's just a matter of getting that talent all in one place at the same time."

    Even without the benefit of state assistance, the Sumter County Sheriff's Office has had exceptional luck in solving cold cases. In addition to the Ruiz-Wells homicide, in the past year alone two other cold homicide cases were solved, the oldest from 1987.

    "From what I understand from larger agencies, they wish they could do three," Brannen said. "You just never know. We're hoping that at some point in time somebody is going to come forward."

    Dan Sullivan is a reporter with the Daily Sun. He can be reached at 753-1119, ext. 9059, or dan.sullivan@thevillagesmedia.com.
     
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  17. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://z10.invisionfree.com/usedtobedoe/ar/t6584.htm

    http://www.sumtercountysheriff.org/coldcases.asp

    Case No: 1971-0291, Little Miss Lake Panasoffkee

    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.

    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.

    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 / 352-569-1600 or by email at dnorris@sumtercountysheriff.org.
     
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  18. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    This is Google's cache of http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00028420/00580

    She wore a small, thin, yellow neck chain, a yellow ring with a clear stone on the right hand, a yellow metal watch (17-jewel Baylor) with a repaired metal band on her left wrist.

    If the metal band on the watch had been repaired, it was probably not a new watch. The watch may have actually belonged to her mother or mother-in-law. This would mean that her husband might not have been the student at Baylor University. Her father or father-in-law may have been the student.
     
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    Scorpio Bronze Member

    I think that's a very good theory. When i watched the Unsolved Mysteries clip i linked above, they stated Interstate 75 connects Florida with the rest of the south-east. A lot of the time kiillers dump their vicitms out of state so it is harder for them to be identified. Especially back in 1971, after all back then there was no Nationwide Database to connect victims.
     
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  20. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    I have some thoughts about Jane Doe. She certainly is a puzzle.


    I was in the area of Lavrion and Sounion during the 1970s. Sounion is beautiful because of the ancient Poseidon’s Temple on a cliff, but the rest of the area was not very desirable. It was desolate. Jane Doe appears to have come from an affluent situation. The Greek economy was not good during that period of time. She was wearing coordinated clothing when most women her age wore bell bottom jeans and sandals, in 1971. She had progressive and expensive, elective orthopedic surgery on her ankle. For some reason, she had lost about six teeth, but they had been replaced with expensive caps, crowns, and additional fillings. She was wearing expensive jewelry. Her isotopes and hair samples place her in Lavrion, a small fishing village. Lavrion hadn’t had much of an economy for many years. The silver mines were closed. Lavrion served as an access to the nearby island of Makronisos where communist prisoners were kept during the Greek Civil War and the 1950s. What or who was the source of finances for Jane Doe? The biggest business in Lavrion was probably a cafe. Was her father connected to the Greek military or government and assigned to Makronisos Island, also known as the "Greek Concentration Camp"?

    Jane Doe probably had two young children. Where were those children? Was her husband the man with the size 36 belt? Size 36 is large for a young man who was probably in his 20s. Were her children in the car when she was thrown from the I-75 bridge? Jane Doe appears to have been murdered during the week of Greek Epiphany (January 6th) and most parents are with their children during a holiday like Epiphany/Christmas. How did her husband explain her disappearance to her family? Why wasn’t she reported missing? Where was she reported missing, if it was reported?

    Jane Doe was wearing the repaired Baylor watch, and although the watch doesn’t appear to have been new, it’s unlikely one of her parents had attended Baylor University. During WWII when her parents would have been college-age, Greece was invaded by the Italians and the Nazi army. Following WWII, Greece had an internal civil war until 1950, and it devastated the country. People starved and malnutrition was everywhere. This was when those Harris lines on Jane Doe’s bones may have developed. It’s unlikely Jane Doe’s parents were attending Baylor University during these years.

    Using ligature strangulation on women isn’t uncommon, but I do think it’s unusual that the murderer left a unique belt around Jane Doe’s neck. I have to wonder if there is some special significance to that belt or belt buckle. Was this somehow connected to Lavrion or the Island of Makronisos? Was Jane Doe recognized in the Greek town of Tarpon Springs by someone who spent time on that prison island, known as the “isle of shame”?

    Jane Doe obviously wasn’t robbed because she was wearing her expensive jewelry when she was found, including a ring with a clear stone – probably a diamond. Jane Doe didn’t seem to be sexually assaulted. She was fully clothed in a coordinated outfit, including a cape. She had no other injuries except two broken ribs that occurred when her murderer knelt on her during the strangulation. I have to think her murderer was her husband, an assassin, or someone with a score to settle. Was Tarpon Springs somehow connected to a problem from Greece? Did her husband decide she needed to disappear? Jane Doe had only been here for about three months.


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