Woman found dead in Florida in 1979 may have been missing from Ohio

Police need help identifying 'Tina'

MIAMI, Fla. – Authorities are trying to learn more about a woman found dead in Miami, Florida in 1979 that may have been missing from Ohio.

The woman was found dead in a parking lot at the Biscayne Garden Apartments off NW 2nd Avenue in Miami on September 4, 1979. Since then, police and a team from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children have been working to figure out who she was.

Thanks to a new lead, it was announced Thursday officials believe the woman’s name was Tina and she ran away from Ohio in the 1970s. They also believe her nickname was “Sheeba.” However, police still do not know who she was.

Authorities say they believe Tina was found just hours after her death. She was estimated to have been about 17 to 25 years old, 5-foot-8 and 120 pounds.

She had strawberry blonde hair and hazel eyes. She also had noticeable facial acne and old burns on the inside of each calf that she possibly received from a motorcycle exhaust pipe.

Tina had visited a dentist many times during her life as several dental fillings were seen in her teeth. She was wearing a white t-shirt, a yellow floral scarf and long blue jeans.

An image of Tina provided by authorities is a facial reconstruction completed by a Forensic Artist with the Miami Dade Police Department and depicts what she may have looked like.

Officials ask anyone with information about Tina to call the Miami-Dade Police Department at 305-4-POLICE or the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner’s Office at 305-545-2400.

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