Tracy Ocasio's skull possibly found

Tracy Ocasio's skull possibly found

Orlando : FL : USA | Sep 21, 2013 at 11:00 AM PDT
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Tracy Ocasio vanished in May of 2009, but the recent discovery of a skull has caused the investigation into her disappearance to reopen. That means this cold case may end up with closure in sight after all -- but is it too late to go after the prime suspect? The skull was discovered Friday near Ocoee, and officials have dispatched cadaver dogs and helicopters to do a thorough search of the area in hopes of locating more remains or other clues behind this likely homicide. If the skull does belong to Tracy, then that means the next step in her case will be to find out how she died and then hopefully someone will face charges for her death.

James Virgil Hataway is the prime suspect in Tracy's case, but there's never been enough evidence to take him to court and convict him. If these remains are hers, will there be enough evidence to convict him of murder? Or is he simply a suspect out of investigators' lack of leads? This is an area where more than one missing woman's cold case remain unsolved such as the disappearance of Michelle Parker who's been gone for nearly two years now.

Hopefully there are answers in this case soon, and if these remains don't test positive as Tracy Ocasio, it's hopeful that some other family gets closure in the end.

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