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5/20/05-Jacksonville

Police Still Trying To Identify Dead Woman's Body

A horrific discovery inside an abandoned Jacksonville apartment building; a woman's decomposing body found inside a closet.  An appraiser and property owner of the Sunnydale Apartments found the woman. Police believe the body had been there for four or five days.

"Every time you shut your eyes, you know, you see something like that," said J.R. Adcock, the property owner. It's been two days but J.R. can't get the image out of his mind--a woman's body, stuffed inside a closet on his property.

The apartments have been abandoned for years. Neighbors we spoke to said there has been crime in them ever since they closed.  J.R. Adcock said this time it's the worst he's ever seen.

"They put the board over her, but you could tell the room it had to be in," he said.
The board was lying in the parking lot Friday afternoon. Black marks where police dusted for fingerprints still visible. However, they still have little clues.

"Our biggest priority is having her identified," said Lori Thomason with city of Jacksonville. Lori said with no clothing on the body, there are few hints as to who the woman is.

"We've gone through our local missing persons and then the areas missing persons, we sent out teletypes to all of East Texas to see. So far, no match."

Lori said there was no obvious cause of death. The woman's fingerprints were sent to a national database to try and find a match.

"We don't want the family to worry to about her and we want to be able to put her to rest."
Autopsy results are not expected for another two to four weeks.

Police have been able to put together a description of the victim. They said she is a black female, between 20 and 40 years old. She's about 5" 7', 165 pounds, with very short hair.

Anyone with information in this case is urged to call the Jacksonville Police Department.

Maya Golden reporting, mgolden@kltv.com

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