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A 1982 Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office cold case will be featured in USF art exhibit.
HCSO cold case featured in new USF art exhibit opening tomorrow morning in downtown Tampa.
In an effort to identify missing persons and solve cold cases, faces created from the skeletal remains and postmortem photos of 20 unidentified people from around the country will be available for public viewing in Tampa starting on Friday, October 26. The University of South Florida's Institute of Forensic Anthropology & Applied Science (IFAAS) will host a grand opening of this month-long exhibition Art of Forensics: Solving the Nation's Cold Cases at the Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St., at 10:30 a.m. on Friday. HCSO Chief Deputy Donna Lusczynski will be a guest speaker, along with Dr. Erin Kimmerle and representatives from other participating law enforcement agencies in Florida to help answer questions about the featured investigations.
HCSO's unidentified remains that will be featured date back to October 2, 1982 when fishermen located the decedent floating within a pond near I-4 and US Hwy 301. In April of 2017, the remains were exhumed for the purposes of enhanced identification analysis such as skeletal analysis, facial and clothing reconstructions, chemical isotope testing of the bones, hair and teeth, as well as DNA testing. This case will be one of the few clay busts created for the event.
This is the HCSO's third time participating in Art of Forensics. Dr. Kimmerle previously hosted two smaller events involving only clay sculptures, in which three of the Jane Does were identified, connecting the victims to their families. This exhibition marks the end of the Cold Case Program IFAAS created in conjunction with agencies locally and nationwide using a $386,537 grant from the NIJ.