Forensic sketch created from woman's body found on SPI

Forensic sketch of woman whose body was found on South Padre Island

Authorities are releasing a forensic sketch in hopes of identifying a woman whose body was found on the shores of South Padre Island back in October.

A tourist found the woman TMs body on the beach partially buried but officials believe it could have been there days.

Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio said the woman TMs body was badly decomposed and could not be identified.

But the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) used her facial bone structure to come up with a reconstructed image of what her face may have looked like.

The woman, who they believe to be Hispanic and in her early 40's, had tattooed eyebrows and lips.

Investigators said the woman did not appear to have suffered any trauma.

Sheriff Lucio said investigators are hoping the new image will help identify who she is and how she ended up on the beach.

"We are handling it as a homicide, Sheriff Lucio said. We want to make sure we know who she may have been and give us additional information and maybe we can go ahead and get additional information and continue the investigation and determine what the cause of death was."

The woman weighed about 100 pounds.

Her body was found five miles north of beach access six.

No family or friends have come forward to claim the victim at this time. Anyone with information about the woman or her identity is asked to call the Cameron County Sheriff TMs Department at (956) 554-6700.