The Cameron County Sheriff’s Department is still seeking assistance in identifying the body of a woman found at Public Beach Access No. 6 on South Padre Island, Sheriff Omar Lucio said.
The body was discovered in October 2012, but there have so far been no solid leads, Lucio said Thursday afternoon.
He also denied reports that the body had been associated with the investigation of a woman from San Antonio who had been missing since 2007, adding that law enforcement agencies had perused missing persons reports nationwide immediately after the body was discovered.
“We checked on that a long time ago,” Lucio said. “When we found the body, we checked.”
Authorities released a sketch of what the unidentified woman looked like then, but have not been able to identify her.
The Texas Rangers this week released a new, color composite sketch of what the woman is believed to have looked like based on her facial bone structure.
The woman’s cause of death has not been determined, but Lucio said earlier this week that investigators were treating it as a homicide investigation until a cause is found.
Investigators say the dead woman had her lips and eyes tattooed and was wearing blue plaid shorts with pink stars and a sleeveless purple shirt. Investigators estimate the woman was about 5 feet tall and weighed 100 to 120 pounds with black hair.
Although a preliminary autopsy didn’t show signs of trauma or broken bones, investigators found a white powder on the woman’s face, Lucio said last year, which could be suspicious.