Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 11-215

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • June 28, 2011
    • Contact Person:
    • Larry McKinnon : lmckinno@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8094

    Missing Woman's Body Discovered

    Detectives are seeking any witnesses who may have knowledge that will assist in their investigation.
    • Monday
    • June 27, 2011
    • Time: 7:59 AM
    • South of 8001 Eagle Palm Drive
    • Riverview, FL

    Victim: (Deceased)

    Melissa Gail Easterling
    DOB: 6/16/79
    12432 Hwy 41 South
    Gibsonton, FL


    On June 27, 2011 at 7:59 a.m., HCSO deputies were called to the scene where a partially decomposed body of the victim was located. Melissa Easterling was discovered lying on the ground next to a dirt road just south of 8001 Eagle Palm Drive in Riverview. The victim was last seen by her family on 06/19/11. On Saturday, 06/25/11 her family went to her residence to check on her welfare and when she wasn't home, the family contacted HCSO and reported her missing.

    Detectives will continue looking for any evidence or witnesses who may have any knowledge that may assist in this investigation. The Hillsborough County Medical Examiners Office has not yet ruled on a cause of death.

    Anyone with any information regarding this investigation is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 247-8200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477).

    Next of Kin has been notified.

    This investigation is ongoing.
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