Decades-Old Cold Case in Oklahoma Gets New Lead

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In Oklahoma, a cold case that's haunted people for decades has a new lead.

Nearly 35 years ago, the body of a woman was discovered on the bank of the North Canadian River, 20 miles east of Oklahoma City. Authorities ruled that she had been shot to death, and then her killer covered her body with lime. Authorities believe the person responsible for her death thought it would speed up the decomposition process, but it actually mummified her and preserved evidence.

Now, thanks to a national organization, authorities have put together a DNA profile of the victim, who they nicknamed "The Lime Lady", but they need something to compare it against to get the answer they need.

"'That is the most frustrating thing about this, because we can`t even begin to figure out who killed her, who is responsible for her death, until we figure out who she is," Mark Myers, from the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office. "So anytime I've spoken with our investigators about this case, you can just really see the frustration in their face because they just do not know."

Investigators are now hoping that someone knows something about this woman and comes forward.

“All it takes is just one person, just one person to come forward and say `You know, I had an aunt who was missing. I had a sister who was missing all these years ago.` And then we can run that DNA profile.” Myers said.

Here is a description of the victim:

  • White female
  • Between the ages of 18 and 25
  • 5’6″ to 5’7″ tall
  • 118 to 120 pounds
  • Brown hair
  • Appendectomy scar
  • She had extensive dental work with some teeth out of alignment
  • She had a tattoo of a small heart over the left breast
  • The heart was colored red with blue ink outlining it

Based on the area where the victim's body was found, investigators believe they might know where the killer lives.

For more on this story from our Oklahoma City affiliate, click here. 

1 Comment

  • john

    All the cops have to do is simply drive down the street and arrest the first guy they find that is at least 55+ years old.

    Murders can easily be proven on any person that lived, or had a connection with that area during the time.

    If you are 55+ years old, can you prove where you were during that day back then?

    These stupid jury members automatically think that if the cops arrested you, then you must have done it, and even if they know that you didn’t do it, they will still say guilty as they think that any one arrested for murder must be a bad person or else the cops wouldn’t have arrested them and that the person must have done other crimes against society/people.

    Say guilty so that us jury members can go home and not miss another day of our soap operas.

    Look at Kevin Jones in the Nona Dirksmeyer, at first the cops were so sure that Kevin did it, so sure beyond a reasonable doubt that he did it, so they charged him with the murder. Later it was proven that he was innocent and then the cops said, “Oh we change our minds now, we don’t think that Kevin did it, in fact we know he didn’t do it, we are so sure that Kevin didn’t do it because now we know who really did it and his name is Gary Dunn”.

    Gary Dunn didn’t do the murder as well. The whole time that cops were pointing the finger at the wrong people, the real killer go away with out a trace. Such a waste of an innocent life.

    I think that if cops are sure enough to charge some man with murder, then they have to be 100% sure that he did it. I don’t think that they should be allowed to just go back out on the streets and pick another person if the first guy’s family spent all their life savings and house to pay for a good lawyer to prove the poor man’s innocents.

    We need reforms to protect innocent people and find the real killer.

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