DPS has confirmed the identity of a woman found dead in Live Oak County in May 2007.
After a press release was issued by DPS showing the woman's distinctive tattoo, the resulting media coverage in the San Antonio area led a friend of the deceased to call authorities.
Following an investigation by the DPS Texas Rangers, the woman was identified as Martina Trevino Alderete, 33, of San Antonio.
The case has been jointly investigated by the Live Oak County Sheriff's office and the Texas Rangers, and the investigation is still ongoing.
The woman's body was decomposed to the point that she was unrecognizable. An exact cause of death is not known, but foul play has not been ruled out.
When all leads were exhausted in the case, the Texas Ranger forensic artist drew a sketch, which depicted a rudimentary tattoo that was located on the victim's right calf. That sketch, as well as other sketches and photos, were released to the media Tuesday. The tip came in that same day. The Rangers, with the assistance of the DPS Crime Lab, were able to confirm the woman's identity.
"It is clear that the media's assistance helped identify this woman," said DPS Director Thomas Davis Jr. "That, in turn, has breathed new life into the investigation and given her family and friends some of the answers they had been searching for since the woman's disappearance six months ago."
Source: Texas Department of Public Safety
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