On October 22, 1975, at around 6:10 p.m. two hunters discovered the nude female body floating in Mud Creek. The hunters reported their finding and the scene was processed for evidence, but still, the death was only determined to be a “questioned death”. Although the cause of death was undetermined, they did determine that the woman was dead for approximately 48-72 hours prior to the discovery. Numerous leads were followed by the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department to no avail. The case still, almost 41 years later has not been closed and authorities are eager to find the identity of the deceased woman.
In the years following the discovery, there have been amazing technological advances, some of those advances have now led law enforcement to the release of a photo composite. This composite was reconstructed based on her remains.
Authorities also said that the woman was around 5’4” tall, 20-30 years old (in 1975) and between 140-150 pounds. She had medium-length auburn (brown/reddish hair), brown or hazel eyes and pierced ears. A distinctive feature found was her widely spaced teeth and poor dental health. They also determined that she was a smoker and had given birth to at least one child, possibly within a year. No scars, birthmarks or tattoos were found but she was found wearing a unique ring (pictured). The ring was described as a wire love knot-type ring.
Law enforcement officials are hoping that the photo of the ring or the photo composite will help lead to the identity of the woman. Anyone with any information regarding this individual or this ring is urged to contact the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office at (419) 734-4404 or the FBI, Toledo Resident Agency at (419) 243-6122.
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