Jill Marie Van Wormer's parents plan to hold a funeral for her Saturday, five months after her remains were found in a clump of bushes and more than four years after she disappeared. Miss Van Wormer, 19, a delivery truck driver, disappeared in 1986 while on a routine service call in Pinellas County. Last May her remains, a skull and jawbone, were found in woods in northwest Hernando County. She was identified through dental records.
A forensic anthropologist at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., was unable to determine how Ms. Van Wormer died. Hernando County Sheriff's Lt. Randy Cramer said deputies are still investigating the case.
Ms. Van Wormer was apparently the victim of a setup. On April 8, 1986, an unknown man called her employer, Pyramid Auto and Truck Supply in St. Petersburg, asking to have a broken drive shaft picked up.
The caller was to meet Ms. Van Wormer's delivery truck at a construction site just past the county garbage incinerator, near 28th Street and 110th Avenue N, near Pinellas Park.
The Pyramid Auto pickup truck was found the following morning along U.S. 19 three miles south of Weeki Wachee in west Hernando County. The keys were in the ignition. Ms. Van Wormer's denim jacket and radio headphones were inside.
Her remains were found last May about eight miles north in the woods west of U.S. 19.
Private services will be held Saturday in St. Petersburg at the R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home. Survivors include her parents, Larry and June Van Wormer, Clearwater; four sisters, Terry McCorkle and Vickie Van Wormer, St. Petersburg, Robin Gagnon, New Port Richey, and Susan Fuller, Tampa; and her maternal grandmother, Alice Corbett, Largo.