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MORE BODY PARTS FOUND

BSO Case Number: BS01-12-12252 (UPDATE 2)
PIO Number: 01-12-47
Date: Dec. 28, 2001 – Jan. 2, 2002
Time: 1326 & 1000
Place of Occurrence: New River, 2500 block of NW 6 St., uninc. Ft. Lauderdale

Victim(s):

  • Marita White, 22, 4/20/79, 1720 NE 2 Terr., Pompano Beach (DECEASED)

Suspect(s):

  • unknown

Description of Incident:

Additional body parts have been recovered from the New River where the head and arms of a young Pompano Beach woman were found on Friday.

At about 5 p.m. Tuesday (1/1/02), a passerby noticed a woman’s leg floating in the river near Fort Lauderdale and called 911. BSO deputies responded to the scene and the limb, a woman’s right leg, was recovered. Investigators arranged for the BSO Dive Team to muster at Samuel Delevoe Park in the morning to further check the waterway for additional body parts and evidence. As members of the dive team were arriving at the park at 10 a.m. today two passersby observed a torso in the river and alerted the deputies.

The leg and torso were taken to the Broward Medical Examiner’s Office. They are presumed to belong to the victim, 22-year-old Marita White of Pompano Beach. The Medical Examiner is expected to conduct additional tests to officially link the parts. The cause of death remains undetermined.

BSO Homicide detectives are asking for help in determining Marita White’s most recent whereabouts and in identifying her associates. Anyone with any information is urged to call the Broward Sheriff's Office at (954) 765-4321. Information can be relayed anonymously through CrimeStoppers at (954) 493-TIPS and a reward is available.

INVESTIGATORS:
THIS REPORT BY: Det. R. Libman, Sgt. R. O’Neil, Homicide Jim Leljedal / PIO 1/2/02 1545

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