Cold Case Break: Cops Seeking Person of Interest After Identifying Puerto Rican Woman Found Dead in Florida

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Source: Broward Sheriff’s Office

May 4 2023, Published 2:01 p.m. ET

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The previously unidentified victim of a cold case murder found in a remote area of Florida over 25 years ago now has a name: Eileen Truppner.

According to Broward County Sheriff’s Office officials, Truppner was a 41-year-old mother who had moved to the area from Puerto Rico several years before she was found dead, WPLG reported.

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On Dec. 18, 1998, investigators believe Truppner was sexually assaulted before she was killed and her body dumped in a remote area off U.S. 27.

No arrests were ever made in the case, and Truppner’s identity was unknown until detectives with the sheriff’s office sent DNA evidence gathered at the crime scene to a state genetic genealogy unit for testing.


According to officials, investigators now have a person of interest in the case.

Anyone who knew or may have crossed paths with Truppner between August 1998 and December 1998 is asked to contact BSO Detective Zack Scott at (954) 321-4214 or Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-8477.


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