Murder Investigation 200 Miles Away Has Tallahassee Tie [GALLERY]

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By Matt Galka
July 15, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Someone in the Tallahassee area may help to solve a murder in Central Florida. The remains of an unidentified woman were found in Wildwood, Florida in April. She had been shot to death.

Sumter County is about 3 hours south of Leon County. Forensic testing has indicated that an unidentified murder victim there could have ties to our area.

Darren Norris, Sumter County Sheriff's Office: "On April 22nd at about 10:30 in the morning we received a call that a body had been found."

Nearly three months ago, the Sumter County Sheriff's office first started investigating a murder in Wildwood, Florida.

The small town is located about 200 miles south of Tallahassee in Sumter County. The remains of a woman were found near a wooded area.

Darren Norris, Sumter County Sheriff's Office: "When we got out there we did find the decomposing remains of a white female, she had been out there for several weeks, she had been shot."

Forensic analysis reconstructed the remains to look like a woman with an estimated age between 50 to 70. So what brought the investigation to Tallahassee?

The University of Florida ran a procedure called isotope testing on the remains. The analysis can determine where unidentified victims come from.

Darren Norris, Sumter County Sheriff's Office: "Based on the reading that we received, the closest known sample to that isotope level was from a sample from the Tallahassee area."

The Sumter County Sheriff's office believes the victim has lived in the Tallahassee or panhandle area at some point for the past 15 to 20 years. They hope that getting the word out in our area can help them identify the woman and solve the case.

Sheriff's deputies will be traveling to Pensacola and Bay County tomorrow. If anyone recognizes this woman or has information, they are urged to contact the Leon County Sheriff's office or Crime Stoppers at 574-TIPS or 574-8477.

Press Release: Leon County Sheriff's Office

The Leon County Sheriff's Office is assisting the Sumter County Sheriff's Office in the murder investigation of an unidentified female.

Detectives with the Sumter County Sheriff's Office have been able to identify the Tallahassee/ Florida Panhandle area as a possible point of origin for the victim in this case.

The lead Detective from Sumter County will be at the Leon County Sheriff's Office on Monday, July 15, 2013, at 11:00 am to provide an overview of the investigation and request the public's assistance, through media outlets, in identifying the victim of this homicide.

A media conference will be held at the Leon County Sheriff's Office on Monday, July 15, 2013 at 11:00 am.

WHEN: MONDAY, JULY 15, 2013 AT 11:00 AM

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