Sheriff asks public to help identify woman's body found in concrete

Monday, November 24, 2008 | 11:43 a.m. CST

LEBANON, Mo. — A Missouri sheriff is asking for the public's help in the bizarre case of a woman's body found encased in concrete and stuffed in a toolbox.

A hunting party on Nov. 15 noticed the smell of decomposition and discovered the container in a patch of timber in LaClede County. An autopsy showed that the woman weighed between 135 to 140 pounds and had light to dark brown hair about 7 to 10 inches in length.

Laclede County Coroner Steve Murrell has estimated that the unidentified woman was dead for about 10 days before her body was found.

Sheriff Richard Wrinkle believes the body was driven to the area and pushed down an embankment.

He encourages anyone who knows a woman who hasn't been seen for a while to call law enforcement.


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Cullen Breedlove November 24, 2008 | 12:25 p.m.

"woman's body found encased in concrete and stuffed in a toolbox", how big of a toolbox is this? I think the first thing you should do is inquire into the location of nearby giants and see if any of them do construction.

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Holly McGee November 24, 2008 | 1:24 p.m.

sounds like this is one of those huge tool boxes that go on trucks. souldnt there be a serial number on the box somewhere? then trace that through which stores carry them, then recipts for the last yr. depending on how new the box was. fingerprints???

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Cullen Breedlove November 24, 2008 | 2:27 p.m.

It'd have to be a truck, a giant wouldn't be able to drive a compact or any other smaller vehicle. Especially to carry such an enormous toolbox.

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Cullen Breedlove November 24, 2008 | 2:37 p.m.

"An autopsy showed that the woman weighed between 135 to 140 pounds", is that even necessary? Couldn't they have just put her on a scale? Maybe weighed her in the concrete, out of the concrete and used subtraction to find the weight of the body?

With this investigative staff I have no hope the killer will ever be found.

We'll probably find out in a couple of weeks this was a self-inflicted concreteing, put in a toolbox, and shoved down a cliff.

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Ayn Rand November 24, 2008 | 2:58 p.m.

Cullen, maybe the autopsy included the technique you suggest. How do you know that it didn't?

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