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Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office investigators continue to look for clues in Lime Lady case

In April 1980, a group of fishermen happened upon a ghastly surprise in the woods along the North Canadian River in eastern Oklahoma County. The body of a young woman had been shot to death and left in the brush on the eastern bank of the river, covered in a blanket of quicklime.
by Silas Allen Published: February 22, 2014
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“At that time, you’d have to know that road was there to drive down it,” Marshall said.

The woman died from three gunshot wounds to her chest, Green said. The three shots came from different ranges, as though the killer was walking toward her while firing, he said. The third shot was a contact wound, he said.

Green said he thinks the woman died in some other location, then her killers dumped her by the river. Investigators didn’t find any other evidence of the crime at the scene, he said, and her arms were splayed out backward as though she’d been dragged through the brush.

“It’s all speculation, but it seems to make sense to me,” he said.

Investigators have found a few other clues that could point to who killed her, Green said. The gun that killed the woman was a .45-caliber weapon — a favorite with outlaw biker gangs at the time, he said. Nearby Jones was home to a biker bar in the 1980s, he said, so it’s possible a gang could have been involved.

Although decades have passed, investigators continue to look for any information they can get about who the Lime Lady was. The sheriff’s office, working with the state medical examiner’s office, recently sent a DNA sample from the body to a missing persons database at the University of North Texas. But comparisons against the database turned up no matches.

At this point, investigators have exhausted every avenue they know of to identify the woman, Green said. He hopes media exposure will convince someone who knew the woman to come forward.

“She’s got to be someone to somebody, somewhere,” Green said. “Right now, we’ve done all that we can think of.”

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by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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