Tampa Bay Cold Case Project | CASE 11


    On June 9, 1973, the St. Petersburg Police Department found the body of a deceased young white girl at the intersection of 11th Avenue South and 8th Street North in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Witnesses said that she was pushed by a man into the street and was stuck by a car.  It is thought that the girl may have been a runaway and had only been in the area for a short time.  She was only known by others as “Marie” or “Maria” and occasionally borrowed clothing from others.  A non-addressed letter was found with her written to “Gloria” and mentioned the states of Virginia and North Carolina.

    At the request of the St. Petersburg Police Department, the District 6 Medical Examiner’s Office and the University of South Florida’s Forensic Anthropology Laboratory exhumed the remains of this unidentified individual to begin a new thorough analysis with the hopes of leading to identification.

    The girl is thought to be between the ages of 14-17 years old, and is about 5’1” tall and weighs about 110 pounds.  She has brown or auburn wavy hair (about 12 inches in length) and blue eyes.  Her left ear is pierced, while her right ear had healed.  She also has three brown flat birthmarks on her back and a number of freckles on the back of her shoulders.  Also, her fingernails look as though she consistently chewed them.   An artist’s rendering was made of the girl’s face with the hope of someone recognizing her. 

    When found, the girl was wearing a multicolored long gown with a flower pattern and tights.  She was also wearing a white metal ring on her left ring finger, although it was missing the set stone.

    If you have any information regarding the identity of this individual based on the above description and/or the facial reconstruction, please contact the St. Petersburg Police Department.  Contact Investigator Brenda Stevenson in the Homicide Division at 727-893-7164. 

    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)(www.Missingkids.com) has assisted in attempts to identify this child.  NCMEC is a private, non-profit organization created in 1984 to provide information and resources to law enforcement, families, and children regarding missing and exploited children.  While a positive identification in this case has not been made, the services NCMEC provides are a valuable resource regarding these issues throughout the United States.  For more information or to request assistance from NCMEC please call 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678). 

    If you are looking for a missing person, contact The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) at www.NamUs.gov. NamUs is an online source that enables the public to search for as well as enter information about missing individuals. Many families have found their missing loved one by searching the site for unidentified individuals.