The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a deceased female that was found in a tributary of Mud Creek in Ottawa County, Ohio on October 22, 1975.
On October 22, 1975 at approximately 6:10 p.m., two hunters came upon a nude female body floating in approximately 10 feet of water in Mud Creek. Detectives from Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office and Agents from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation processed the scene. The coroner’s office ruled her death as "questioned death". It is believed that she had been deceased for 48 – 72 hours at the time of discovery. An investigation by Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office detectives ensued, all leads were exhausted and almost 41 years later her identity remains a mystery.
Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office has never closed this case.
Due to advances in technology, today law enforcement is releasing a photo composite that has been reconstructed based on her remains. She is believed to have been approximately 5’4", between 20 and 30 years of age in 1975, between 140 – 150 pounds, medium length brown/reddish hair, brown or hazel eyes, had pierced ears but was not wearing earrings at the time, she had widely spaced teeth with very poor dental health, she was a smoker and had given birth to at least one child, possibly within the year. She did not have any scars, birthmarks, or tattoos.
Also, a photo of a unique ring that the unidentified female was wearing is being released today. It is described as a wire love knot type ring.
Law enforcement is hopeful that someone will recognize the composite photo or ring. 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.
Any questions regarding this news release can be directed to SA Vicki D Anderson at the Cleveland Office of the FBI, 216-522-1400 or Vicki.Anderson@ic.fbi.gov.