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Indian River deputies to exhume body in hopes of solving cold case

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VERO BEACH, Fla. - Investigators are taking another look at a cold case homicide on the Treasure Coast.

Indian River County deputies plan to exhume a body buried 34 years ago.


Deputies say they found the woman’s body in 1982, five miles west of I-95. Detectives say she was lying in a canal off State Road 60 in Vero Beach for three days before being found.  She had been shot 4 times. The woman had brown hair, brown eyes, a short sleeved pullover terry-cloth blouse with gold fringe on bottom and a pair of blue jeans.

She wore a gold and silver wedding band on her left hand and a large turquoise ring on her right hand.

"We hope to give closure in this case. Somebody out there is missing a mother, a wife, a family member,” Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar said. "We want to identify this woman and bring her killer to justice after all these years."

The female, 21 to 35-years-old, is in several databases including the national DNA database. No matches have come up.

Deputies are hoping new facial reconstruction technology will help solve the case.

A few years ago NewsChannel 5 took you behind the scenes to show you what the technology was capable of.

In Palm Beach County deputies were able to identify Tina Beebe. Her body was found in a shallow grave in Loxahatchee, but was never identified.

With the help of family, deputies matched Beebe’s skull to a picture provided to them.

Thursday’s exhumation is set for 10 a.m. at the Winter Beach Cemetery. 

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