Real Name: Unknown
Nicknames: Little Miss Panasoffkee
Location: Panasoffkee, Florida
Date: February 19, 1971
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Details: On February 19, 1971, two teenagers hitchhiking along Interstate 75 discovered the body of a young woman who had been tossed from the Lake Panasoffkee Bridge in Florida. She was in her late teens or early twenties, carried no identification, and had been dead for several weeks. She had been strangled with a man's belt that was still wrapped around her throat. Police were unable to identify her or locate her killer. She was laid to rest six months later.
Ten years later, this case was reopened by Sheriff Jamie Adams and the woman's body was exhumed. Sheriff Adams had forensic anthropologist Dr. William Maples investigate her. He discovered that she had orthopedic surgery to her right ankle, which was done by drilling holes in the leg bone and then winding the tendon through them. This was the Watson-Jones or modified Watson-Jones technique. He believes that the physician who performed the surgery would remember doing that.
Sheriff Adams next contacted forensic artist Linda Galeener, who is an expert in making composite sketches based on human remains. She used x-rays and photographs of the woman's skull in order to make new composite sketches of her. She also created age regression sketches to show how she may have looked at younger ages. This technique had never before been used by law enforcement. Flyers were sent by Sheriff Adams throughout the country with the new sketches, but her identity remains a mystery.
The woman was estimated to be 5'2", about 100 pounds, and approximately twenty years old. She had great amounts of surgery done to her legs and extensive dental work, including crowns, caps, and fillings. She had also given birth to at least one child. Police suspect she may have been well-cared for, left a family behind, and might have been a runaway.
Suspects: Police believe that after the woman is identified, her killer would be identified as well. The killer might have worn a man's size 36 belt, which was found around her throat.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the October 14, 1992 episode. It was also profiled on Cold Case Files.
Results: Unresolved. In 2012, a new analysis of the woman's isotopes unveiled her origins to be from Greece. In the fall of 2012, this case was featured on a Greek missing persons show. A viewer called in and identified her as a friend of hers named "Konstantina", who had a brother serving in the Navy near Lavrio. She said that they both went to a school in Kifisia, a suburb of Athens, and were taught home economics.
The caller, Konstantina, and several other girls were part of a program for the school that sent them to either the United States or Australia, with a two year contact for work. The caller said that she had lost contact with Konstantina when they were both sent to separate countries; the caller to Australia, and Konstantina to the United States in 1970.
When the Greek show was updated, another viewer called in claiming that two other girls went to the United States with Konstantina and that their whereabouts were also unknown. However, a daughter of one of them saw the updated show and called to say her mother was alive and actually sent to Australia, not the United States.
As of yet, no new leads have surfaced on Konstantina's whereabouts, suggesting that she may actually be "Little Miss Panasoffkee". However, a positive identification has not yet been determined as her relatives have not been located. Her killer has never been identified.
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