Cold case cracked 25 years later

On Friday, we got a press release about a woman whose body was found in the Everglades back in 1990. For 25 years she went unidentified as the victim of a homicide. Then this summer, forensics experts in Texas matched her DNA to that of a woman whose mother went missing around the same time.

The Aug. 1, 2015 issue of the Naples Daily News.

The Aug. 1, 2015 issue of the Naples Daily News.

The story I wrote for Saturday’s paper details the gruesome discovery of the body by a group of prison workers who were repairing a road through Big Cypress National Preserve that day in August when they discovered the woman.

The woman, Patricia Minnis, was reported missing from Turlock, California in 1992. I wasn’t able to contact any surviving family members, but I did interview ones of the former prisoners who found her body that day. It made for a compelling lead.

Deputies here say they have a person of interest in the case but no arrests have been made.

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