Tampa Bay Cold Case Project | CASE 8

Fishermen's Surprise

    St. Petersburg Police Department

    COLD CASE 8: “Fishermen’s Surprise”
    SPPD Case No: SPPD1980-101561
    MEO Case No: 80-2017
    NamUs Link: https://identifyus.org/cases/1296
    On October 10, 1980, three fishermen out for a morning catch found the body of a deceased young man.  The body was found in the intercostal waterway (near Marker #7) along the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in St. Petersburg, Florida.

    The young white man was most likely between 15-25 years old, around 5’5” tall, and weighed about 125 pounds.  No large scars or tattoos were found on his body.  He had brown eyes, and his hair was just below shoulder length, as well as some fine hair on his upper lip.  When found, the decedent was wearing Sears blue jeans and white socks.  None of his third molars were erupted, but all of the other molars had fillings.  An artist’s rendering was made of the young man’s face with the hope that someone recognizing this man. 

    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.