|Updated: 6/21/2012 8:55 am
||Published: 6/20/2012 5:45 pm
The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office needs help identifying a murder victim.
It's a case that has haunted them for more than two decades. The only clues are a daisy tattoo and what is believed to be a wedding band.
Former Cherokee County Undersheriff Jack Goss was the first detective to investigate this case. Even though he's been retired for 10 years, Goss says he won't rest until the case is solved.
"I think about it quite often," said the former law enforcement officer.
For two decades, he’s been looking over his evidence in search of a new lead.
"I just never want to give up on it," Goss said.
The 73-year-old and other members of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations drew up a sketch of what the woman, who is believed to have been in her mid to late 20’s at the time of her death, would have looked like.
She was named "Daisy Doe" because of a tattoo on her back shoulder.
"I don't want to forget it," Goss told FOX23.
Goss says she was found tied to a cement block in the Grand River just south of the Fort Gibson dam. He believes she was underwater for 7 to 10 days before her body floated up.
Early tips from night clubs in Tulsa and Muskogee led deputies to think she might've been an exotic dancer.
"It’s bothersome in the fact that she was found the way she was and we haven't been able to identify her," said Cherokee County Undersheriff Jason Chennault.
The Sheriff's office searched through hundreds of missing women through the National Crime Information Center but none of the matches matched "Daisy's" dental records.
"This girl had perfect teeth,” said Goss. “Never had a filling, never had a tooth missing or a tooth that wasn't perfect."
Now they're hoping the sketch and this tattoo will help someone remember something.
"The likelihood that we're going to find who ever did this to her and get them prosecuted is very slim but I think we can still get her identified," said Chennault.
"When someone goes missing there's loved ones they leave behind," Goss said.
"America's Most Wanted" aired a segment on the "Daisy Doe" case in the 1990's. A tattoo artist recognized the tattoo saying it was his work but investigators were never able to find that tattoo-artist again.
If you recognize the sketch or tattoo you are asked to call the Cherokee county sheriff's office at (918) 456-2583.