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Cold Case Homicide

Name: Ronette Peterson 
Discovery Date: 5/7/1986 
Case Description

W/F, 7/14/63. On 5/7/86, the victim's body was found in a pit located near Combee Rd. in Lakeland. She drowned after being struck in the head. The victim remained a "Jane Doe" for 19 years before her body was identified via fingerprints as a missing person from Iowa. Detectives have received information that the victim had traveled through Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina, and Florida (possibly the Clearwater area) during the time period leading up to her death.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit at (863) 298-6379,
or send an email to coldcase@polksheriff.org.