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    FL - Sumter County, "Little Miss Panasoffkee" WhtFem 470UFFL, 18-23, Feb'71

    i remember once watch unsolved and they had this story on this missing teen or child i think it was. i think i remeber them calling her something panasnofshkie she was a jane doe and no one has ever claimed her does anyone know what im talking about..
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    I think I remember seeing that story on "Unsolved Mysteries." They called her "Little Miss Panoshonske (?)" As far as I know she has still not been claimed.
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    Miss Panasoffkee

    Miss Panasoffkee-shw was discovered near Lake Panasoffkee in FL-that's all I remember, can't find anything on the web though it seems several lawenforcement in the area really took the case to heart


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    would anyone be intrested in solving her case? pm me and let me know, i also did a search with miss and that last long name. then i did a search on jane doe found in lake and on lake p... i also did a search on body found on lake ... in yahoo and google and i found nothing. but i did find a webpage on lake p.. i was thinking of emailing them see if they remember anything or knows anyone who does.


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    Unknown Woman in Lake Panasofke, Sumpter County, FL 1972

    The case that you are referring to was that of an unknown woman found in Lake Panasofke in Sumpter County, Florida in February of 1972. She was near Highway 75, north of Tampa and about 50 miles Northwest of Orlando.

    She had been strangled some days or weeks earlier and was wearing only her underclothing. I do not recall that she had any nickname, and I have never seen her on the Doenetwork or other such websites. Her case was featured on Unsolved Mysteries in late 1992 or early 1993.

    She was believed to be aproximately 20 years old, Caucasion or American Indian, 5 feet two inches tall, 100 Pounds. The Medical examiner believed that she had once had a child. She had extensive dental work: fillings, crowns, and caps. She had also had orthopedic surgery on her right ankle, with what was known as a Watson-Jones Technique.

    Police did not feel that she was a "local", as there were no reported/known missing persons of her description in that area and no one called with any information following 20 years of efforts to identify her. The case is still open and is in the jurisdiction of the Sumpter County Sheriff. Last phone number I had for them was (904) 793-0222.

    This case was unique in that investigators first used the artist's technique of not only sketching her face, but then "age regressing" it to what she may have looked like when younger - I think at ages 12 and 6. Their idea was that although somebody might not recognize her at age 20, they might recognize her from an earlier time.

    The case officer in 1993 was Chief Ed Galvin. I spoke to him on 19 February 1993. He was an older man, and had been involved with the case for over 20 years. We discussed several possibilities, among them that she might have been a victim of Serial Killer, Paul John Knowles (1946-1974). Chief Galvin was also very familiar with Knowles, because the Florida Police officer whom Knowles had murdered during a killing spree in 1974 was Galvin's partner.

    Knowles often traveled Highway 75 from Florida to Georgia. In 1965, he kidnapped a police officer and got 5 years. By 1967, he was paroled and soon back in prison the same year. In 1970, he was again out on parole, and was loose until 1972 when he was again sentenced to prison. In May 1974, he was again released on parole and in July of that same year, he began a three state killing binge of 18 to 20 victims. In September 1974, he was captured in Georgia, and in December 1974, he was shot while attempting to escape. His story was detailed in a book by an English woman named Sandy Faulkes who traveled with him and knew him in 1974.

    The murder of this young woman has never been solved, although it fit Knowles' pattern in several ways. She has also never been identified. The possibility of her having been in the military was considered, but not conclusively proven. It is certain, however, that she is somebody's daughter and somebody's mother. Perhaps they are still looking for her.

    I have copies of the artist sketches for this young woman, and would be happy to supply them to the Doenetwork, should they decide to feature her case.


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    i wonder if they have an email the police department that was handling her case. it has always stuck in my mind her story on unsolved when i was little i must have been 13 when her case was on unsolved. ive done so many searches on various search sites and have found nothing on her.. did they find any clothing when she was found? did they look outside of florida for answers?


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    Sumter County Sheriff's Office

    Quote Originally Posted by smile22
    i wonder if they have an email the police department that was handling her case. it has always stuck in my mind her story on unsolved when i was little i must have been 13 when her case was on unsolved. ive done so many searches on various search sites and have found nothing on her.. did they find any clothing when she was found? did they look outside of florida for answers?
    As I recall, the only clothing found with the body was underclothing. She had been strangled, and the ligature, rope, or clothing item used was still tied around her neck. Here is the address to the Sumter County Sheriff's Office and their website.


    Sumter County Sheriff's Office
    William O. "Bill" Farmer, Jr - Sheriff
    225 East McCollum Avenue
    Post Office Box 188
    Bushnell, Florida 33513
    (352) 793-0222

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    http://www.sumtercounty.com/govern.htm


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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard
    The case that you are referring to was that of an unknown woman found in Lake Panasofke in Sumpter County, Florida in February of 1972. She was near Highway 75, north of Tampa and about 50 miles Northwest of Orlando.

    She had been strangled some days or weeks earlier and was wearing only her underclothing. I do not recall that she had any nickname, and I have never seen her on the Doenetwork or other such websites. Her case was featured on Unsolved Mysteries in late 1992 or early 1993.

    She was believed to be aproximately 20 years old, Caucasion or American Indian, 5 feet two inches tall, 100 Pounds. The Medical examiner believed that she had once had a child. She had extensive dental work: fillings, crowns, and caps. She had also had orthopedic surgery on her right ankle, with what was known as a Watson-Jones Technique.

    Police did not feel that she was a "local", as there were no reported/known missing persons of her description in that area and no one called with any information following 20 years of efforts to identify her. The case is still open and is in the jurisdiction of the Sumpter County Sheriff. Last phone number I had for them was (904) 793-0222.

    This case was unique in that investigators first used the artist's technique of not only sketching her face, but then "age regressing" it to what she may have looked like when younger - I think at ages 12 and 6. Their idea was that although somebody might not recognize her at age 20, they might recognize her from an earlier time.

    The case officer in 1993 was Chief Ed Galvin. I spoke to him on 19 February 1993. He was an older man, and had been involved with the case for over 20 years. We discussed several possibilities, among them that she might have been a victim of Serial Killer, Paul John Knowles (1946-1974). Chief Galvin was also very familiar with Knowles, because the Florida Police officer whom Knowles had murdered during a killing spree in 1974 was Galvin's partner.

    Knowles often traveled Highway 75 from Florida to Georgia. In 1965, he kidnapped a police officer and got 5 years. By 1967, he was paroled and soon back in prison the same year. In 1970, he was again out on parole, and was loose until 1972 when he was again sentenced to prison. In May 1974, he was again released on parole and in July of that same year, he began a three state killing binge of 18 to 20 victims. In September 1974, he was captured in Georgia, and in December 1974, he was shot while attempting to escape. His story was detailed in a book by an English woman named Sandy Faulkes who traveled with him and knew him in 1974.

    The murder of this young woman has never been solved, although it fit Knowles' pattern in several ways. She has also never been identified. The possibility of her having been in the military was considered, but not conclusively proven. It is certain, however, that she is somebody's daughter and somebody's mother. Perhaps they are still looking for her.

    I have copies of the artist sketches for this young woman, and would be happy to supply them to the Doenetwork, should they decide to feature her case.
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    Unidentified White Female




    • The victim was discovered on February 19, 1971 in Lake Panasoffkee, northwest of Orlando, Florida
    • Estimated Date of Death: Two to three weeks prior to discovery
    • Killed by Homicide by strangulation



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    • Estimated age: Late teens to early twenties; most like 19 or 20 years old
    • Approximate Height and Weight: 5'2"; 100 lbs.
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: Possibly mixed with Native American. Black or dark brown hair. Orthopedic surgery had been performed on her right ankle due to instability in the ankle. The procedure, known as a "Watson-Jones" technique, involved drilling two small holes in the ankle bone and winding a tendon through them. She had given birth to at least one child.
    • Dentals: Available. She had extensive dental work, including caps, fillings and crowns. A porcelain crown on one of her front teeth.
    • Clothing: None located

    Case History
    The victim's decomposed body was spotted in Lake Panasoffkee by two hitchhikers crossing the Panasoffkee bridge on February 19, 1971.
    Police were notified and it was quickly determined that the girl had been strangled by a man's size 36 belt, which was still around her throat. Forensic artist Linda Galeener created a composite of the victim. When no one came to claim her body, Galeener was asked to create age-regression drawings, showing what the girl may have looked like at ages 6 and 12. Again, no one identified her. The victims is nicknamed "Little Miss Panasoffkee" and it is quite possible that she was a runaway.

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    Unhappy FL - Little Miss Panasoffkee - Feb. 1971

    I first became aware of this case on unsolved mysteries when the dective who took over the case was on. I have a hard time understanding how a young girl with one possible more children and such a unique orthpedic surgery still has not been identified. I brought her case to the attention of the Doe Network. They researched it and put it up a few months later. http://www.doenetwork.org/
    The detective was the one who nicknamed her "Little miss Panasoffkee"


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    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/470uffl.html

    This is the case number for this girl on Doe, had to look it up.
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    Thanks couldn't get it to come up like that.


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    An old cold case...

    This case is certainly an old one. The Unsolved Mysteries episode which featured the case origionally ran back around 1991 or 92.

    There is a thread here on Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community which has some discussion about the case titled: something on unsolved

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    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=22997


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    Bumping this case up due to recent discussion...


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    Age Regression...

    This case is the first to use a sort of age Re-gression by a forensic artist. They first came up with a sketch of what they believed the girl looked like when she died (early 20's) and then they regressed her face to about 12 and then to about 5 years old.

    The idea of these regression sketches was that perhaps someone might recognize her from years back and help to identify her.

    To date, this case is still unsolved.

    I recall looking into a couple of possibilities:

    - One that she might be a victim of Serial Killer Paul John Knowles,

    - and another that she might have been in Florida to enter Navy Boot Camp (or that she may have gone through that training) in Orlando, Florida. That was where Navy enlisted women went through initial training starting in 1968.


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