The victim of a 1998 homicide in western Broward County has been identified by detectives, sheriff’s officials announced Thursday.
The woman previously known to detectives as Jane Doe has been identified as Eileen Truppner, a 41-year-old Puerto Rican mother of two. The Broward Sheriff’s Office reported that she had moved to South Florida a few years prior to her death.
In the evening hours of 18 December 1998, someone dragged Truppner’s body into the sawgrass in a desolate area off U.S. Route 27 and north of Interstate 75, according to deputies. The detectives believe that she was also violated.
The sheriff’s office made the announcement months after BSO emphasized the case in its “Open and Unsolved” series and released a new sketch of the victim, who at the time remained unidentified.
According to BSO, DNA evidence from the crime scene was sent to the genetic genealogy branch of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which combines DNA analysis with genealogical research to solve crimes.
Detectives have identified a person of interest in the case and are seeking information from “anyone who knew or crossed paths with Eileen Truppner between August 1998 and when her murder occurred in December 1998,”
Please contact BSO Detective Zack Scott at 954-321-4214 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477 if you have any information.