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 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.