Severed head in Louisiana identified as missing woman from Texas – with help from amateur sleuth
A severed head found in a plastic bag along a stretch of highway in Louisiana in 2018 was identified this week as that of a 58-year-old Texas woman who has been missing for more than three years, according to reports.
Sally Ann Hines, 58, was last seen on December 14, 2017 in her hometown of San Antonio, the San Antonio Express-News reported.
Investigators distributed a composite sketch of Hines’ face in 2018 after sending her head to the Faces lab at Louisiana State University for analysis. His head was found by a sheriff’s team collecting trash in the swamp.
She was identified through dental records following advice from a local woman who noticed similarities in the composite image and leaflet of the missing person from Hines.
“He was just someone who had an interest, and has an interest, in trying to match missing persons with these various online sites and organizations,” Cameron Parish coroner Dr Kevin Dupke said, according to KPLC -TV in Lake Charles, Louisiana. .
Cameron Parish Sheriff Ron Johnson said it was ironic that “even though we came to the very detailed forensic examination, the case was basically solved by a single individual searching the internet and ultimately, the identification of the individual is the priority. We were doing.”
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He said killers sometimes leave bodies in the swamps where Hines’ head was found because “they believe that if they throw a body here the alligators will eat it and they will disappear. Tragically, this is not unusual for us, ”the Express-News reported.
The rest of Hines’ remains have not been found and the cause and location of his death is still a mystery.
Hines suffered from an apparent mental disorder which was being treated by a doctor when she left her home at 3 a.m. on the day she disappeared without her shoes, phone, purse or medication, reported the newspaper.
“There are no words to express our grief and the emotions we feel,” Hines’ sister Barbara Gauthier told KPLC. “We can only pray that they find out what happened to him and that whoever did this horrible act pays for what he did to him. We will not rest until we know what is wrong. has passed.
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Hines had been married for 35 years when she disappeared, FOX 29 reported in San Antonio.
“When I got up she was gone,” her husband Harold Hines said in 2018. “She hadn’t come back, let’s put it that way.”
Johnson said the town of Cameron, Louisiana, which has a population of less than 500, had not been investigated for murder since 1996, but he told Express-News he recalled ‘at least four women whose bodies had been dumped there since the 1990s.
“We are very happy to have identified the chef, but I am sure that for the family they are very sad negative news. Maybe it helps them have some closure, ”he said.