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Detectives delve into woman's final hours

Barbara Ann Smith was found Thursday morning. Authorities want to know where she was on Wednesday.

By TAMARA LUSH, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published July 6, 2002


SEFFNER -- Hillsborough County homicide detectives are trying to piece together the final hours of Barbara Ann Smith.

The 49-year-old woman was found dead Thursday morning in the woods near U.S. 92 and Kingsway Road in Seffner.

An autopsy determined that she died from blunt trauma to the chest.

Detectives are especially interested in Smith's whereabouts Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, said Lt. Rod Reder of the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office.

It took detectives most of Friday to identify Smith and notify relatives of her death, authorities said. She was found without identification, and investigators had to use fingerprints to make a positive ID.

Smith had been arrested by Hillsborough deputies in November 2001 and charged with domestic violence. Deputies had arrested her on similar charges in June of 2001 and April of 2000.

She also had an arrest record in Jacksonville dating back to 1991, when she was charged with aggravated child abuse and domestic violence, public records show.

Smith's last known address was 6028 Black Dairy Road in Seffner.

Jail records said that since 1999, she had worked as a cashier at Hardees, KFC and the deli at Publix in Valrico.

Anyone with information about Smith's death or her whereabouts on Wednesday should call the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office at (813) 247-8200 or Crimestoppers at 800-873-TIPS.

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