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Polk County Crime Stoppers

Polk County Sheriff's Office homicide detectives recently identified a "Jane Doe" homicide victim from a 1986 case after receiving information from Iowa law enforcement officials about a possible link to an Iowa missing person case.

Given the new information, PCSO detectives positively identified (via fingerprint match) the female victim of a 1986
homicide case as Ronett Lynn Burton (maiden name of Peterson), formerly of  Madrid, Iowa. On May 7, 1986, the unidentified victim's body was discovered floating in a phosphate pit near SR33 just north of Combee Road in Lakeland. Given her recent identification, PCSO detectives are actively investigating the case and are seeking any information about the victim and her whereabouts prior to her murder. Detectives have received information that the victim had traveled through Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida (possibly Clearwater area) during the time period leading up to her death.

Anyone who has any information about the victim and wants to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Polk County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS. Detective Michael Johnston is in charge of the investigation, and can be reached at 534-6379.

 A reward of up to $1,000 may be awarded for information leading to the arrest or indictment of a suspect or suspects. Anyone with information is asked to contact Polk County Crime Stoppers at
Anonymity is Guaranteed!

February 1, 2001

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