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Woman's bones from I-75 linked to salon smock, tennis shoes, underwear, pants

TAMPA — A salon smock. A pair of size 8 Athletic Wear sneakers. And a pair of Hanes men's underwear.

They are among the items Tampa police unearthed near a woman's skeletal remains that were found last week along Interstate 75.

Detectives are trying to piece together any clues about who this woman could be — and how she ended up at Mile Marker 271, about a mile north of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard.

They know she was probably white, 18 and 25 years old, and between 4 feet 11 and 5 feet 1.

The men's underwear were boxer brief style. Police spokeswoman Andrea Davis said police have not been able to determine if they belonged to her.

The smock was a large size, with two waist-high pockets, made by Bric McMann.

Also found: a leather tag, possibly from an extra-large Faded Glory T-shirt; a lace wire bra size D or DD cup; and size 8 to 10 Lee pants.

"Hopefully by releasing this type of information, it may jog someone's memory," Davis said.

Tampa police are searching through missing-persons files, but Davis said the woman's disappearance could have been reported to another agency.

The Hillsborough County medical examiner is still trying to determining how and when the woman died.

A blueberry farmer who stopped along the highway when his vehicle overheated discovered the bones on March 16.

Woman's bones from I-75 linked to salon smock, tennis shoes, underwear, pants 03/22/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 10:26am]
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