More details released on unidentified dead woman in Caloosahatchee River

Reporter: Michael Hudak
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Police are working to identify the body of a woman found in the Caloosahatchee River. (CREDIT: WINK News)

More clues have been released about the body of a woman found in the Caloosahatchee River earlier this week.

Fort Myers police, on Wednesday, released specific details on the tattoos the woman had in order to help identify her.

So far police have said the woman is Black and between the ages of 18 and 24. She is about 5-feet, 2-inches tall, and weighs 120 pounds.

The woman had the word “Perfino” tattooed vertically on her back, with a Scorpio zodiac symbol tattooed about it. On her chest area, she had the name “Chris” tattooed with a rose and tribal pattern on her sternum.

On her left forearm, she had “Phenomenal Woman.”

Eric McComas has been tattooing people for more than a decade.

There are not many tattoos he forgets, McComas, owner of Alchemy Tattoo, said.

He understands how a distinctive tattoo can help police identify people.

“I have Jesus’s face on this side and the skull on this side. Even shaved, people would know it’s me,” McComas said. “I can’t say that I’ve done very many tribal tattoos on the sternum, especially for females.”

The word “perfino” is Italian for “even.”

WINK News Safety and Security Specialist Rich Kolko agree with McComas.

Any one of those tattoos could help police put a name to the woman in the river.

“There are databases in the law enforcement community that compare tattoos. And importantly, tattoo artists are in fact artists and they can share some information. So it’s not uncommon for detectives to have people in the tattoo community that they would speak to. And by just showing them a photo, it’s possible, they may recognize the artist that created that tattoo. And that’s a valuable lead to begin to identify somebody,” Kolko said.

Kolko, a former FBI agent, said he once worked a case where a tattoo helped him identify the victim.

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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