Investigators Hope New Technology Will Crack Cold Case

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UPDATED: Thursday April 17, 2014 6:37 PM

The identity of a body dumped at a Licking County gas station remains a mystery after 24 years.

But investigators are hoping a new photo helps them solve this cold case.

Advanced technology has allowed an artist to produce a digitally enhanced version of the autopsy photos taken of the murdered woman found in April of 1990.

"She's somebody's daughter, somebody's sister, somebody's mother,” said Mickey Lymon with the Licking County Coroner's Office. "It's just important to name her."

Lymon says the mystery woman was killed by blunt-force trauma to the back of her head and dumped at the Pilot Oil Station near I-70 and Ohio 37.

“She was wearing only a pair of underwear,” Lymon said.

Lymon also says evidence of sexual activity may point to possible involvement of the murder victim in prostitution.

"There was male DNA in the underwear. It was at a truck stop. It's very common to have prostitutes that are picked up (at truck stops),” Lymon said.

For the past 24 years, investigators had been relying on a sketch that failed to produce any leads.

Lymon says the new picture has “put the life back” into the victim’s face.

"It's just a matter of getting somebody to recognize that picture,” Lymon said.

Lymon says that by getting the picture in the news and on social media, she is hopeful it will spread to where someone will recognize the murder victim.

"A tweet and a re-tweet and a posting on a wall--any of that will just get her picture further and further away from Newark, Ohio,” Lymon said.

The woman was about 5'2", 110 pounds with reddish-brown hair, brown eyes and between the ages of 25 and 40.

If you have any information, call the Licking County Sheriff’s Office at 740-670-5500 or the Licking County Coroner’s Office 740-349-3633.

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