Tampa Bay Cold Case Project | CASE 12

Oyster Bar

    On October 31, 1969, a City Parks and Recreation worked looking for oak seedlings that could be planted elsewhere found the body of a deceased white female in a vacant lot behind the old “Oyster Bar” at 4200 34th Street South in St. Petersburg, Florida.  She was found inside a trunk made by “Nonbreakable Trunk Company.”  The St. Petersburg Police Department was immediately notified.

    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 young woman is most likely between 25-35 years old, weighs about 130 pounds, and is approximately 5’9” tall.  She has brown eyes, and her hair is brown and about eight inches in length.  She has a small mole on her left cheek, as well as a small mole on her left thigh and right forearm.  When found, she was wearing the top part of a green “shortie” type nightgown, with a floral design and lace top.  She also had a small upper plate in her mouth.  An artist’s rendering was made of the woman’s face with the hope of someone recognizing her. 

    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. 

    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.