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State Police continue to investigate 1983 homicide of Florida woman found in Orleans County

Posted 17 December 2019 at 10:14 am

Photos courtesy of State Police: Shari Lynne Ball told her family she was going to New York State to pursue a modelling career.

Shari Ball left Florida to pursue modeling career in New York

Press Release, New York State Police

SHELBY – On October 29, 1983, a body was found by a hunter off of State Route 63 in the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, in the town of Shelby, Orleans County.

The victim was found several feet off the shoulder of the roadway, in a severely decomposed state, and is believed to have been there for several months.

In 1984, the Center of Human Identification was used by the New York State Police to make a facial reconstruction from the remains (pictured).  This was done to make a facial render to give the public a possible identity to compare and also render sketches.

In October of 2013, the body was exhumed and DNA testing was done. The victim was identified as Shari L. Ball.

A facial reconstruction was done on the remains found in 1983 in the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge.

Shari Lynne Ball was reported missing by her family in June of 1983 to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office in Florida. She had told her family that she was going to New York State with an unknown friend to pursue a modeling career.

At the time of her disappearance, Ball was living in Boca Raton, Florida, was a 20 year old white female, 5’ 4”, 100 pounds, with hazel eyes and blonde hair. Shari Lynne was also known to use the last name of Timmerman.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Batavia by calling 585-344-6200. Please refer to SJS # 3032334.

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