New clues could crack 45-year-old cold case of girl found slain in Florida

Seminole County sheriff's officials release video about case

SANFORD, Fla. – Seminole County sheriff's officials are hoping a new image and clue can help solve a 45-year-old cold case about a girl whose remains were found near Lake Lotus.

The Seminole County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday tweeted a video about Jane Doe, believed to be a 14-year-old girl whose remains were discovered in a wooded area off Forest City Road, west of Interstate 4 and south of State Road 436, in August 1973.

The video shows a photo of the girl and a ring found near her remains. Sheriff's officials said they have also learned she was likely from the Pacific Northwest.

"We're hoping with this new facial approximation and the isotope testing showing that she's potentially from the Northwestern part of the United States, that somebody's going to see this picture and say, 'I know that girl,' and make the phone call," sheriff's Investigator Jennifer Spears said.

Sheriff's spokesman Bob Kealing said in the video that it's not known how the girl ended up in Florida or how she died. He said it's possible her remains were scattered as early as June or July 1973.

The girl's hair was in a ponytail and she was about 5 feet, 4 inches to 5 feet, 7 inches tall, with a thin build, officials said.

Kealing said a size 6, white gold ring with an Alexandrite stone, which represents a June birthday, was found nearby.

"She's somebody's child," Spears said. "Somebody has to be missing her, and we have to bring her home."

Anyone with information about the girl is asked to call the Seminole County Sheriff's Office.

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