Information needed to help ID woman found dead in Caloosahatchee

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Fort Myers police are searching for information after they pulled a woman’s body from the Caloosahatchee on Monday. (CREDIT: Fort Myers Police Department)

Fort Myers police are searching for clues and information about a woman they found floating in the Caloosahatchee River on Monday.

The woman was found on Monday at 7:36 p.m. near the Tarpon Street Pier.

The woman is described as Black, weighing approximately 120 pounds, 5-feet, 2-inches tall between the ages of 18 and 24 with two distinctive tattoos. She has the name “Chris” tattooed on her chest area and a tribal pattern on her sternum. “Perfino” is tattooed vertically on her back, with a Scorpio zodiac symbol tattooed above it. “Phenomenal Woman” is tattooed on her left forearm.

Police have not released a cause of death.

John Bennett lives 200 yards from where police found her body.

“I could hear him. And he said, Oh, they found it. They’re pulling it out now to pull it out now. And then after a minute he says oh, it’s a woman,” Bennett said. “The distance from the shore to where they appear to find the body was about the length of the pier.”

It’s an image he can’t get out of his head.

“Any loss of life is tragic. And to have something you know 300, 200 yards, have a body turn up 200 yards where we’re staying and it’s like, oh dear, yeah, it’s like it’s a little spooky,” Bennett said.

Justin Hamlin was visiting family in a high-rise condo in Fort Myers when the helicopter flew by their window.

“That’s kind of crazy. Questions, I guess, mourning and hopefully their family and everything’s alright,” Hamlin said.

Anyone with information about the woman or with details on the case is asked to call Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-8477.

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