WINDERMERE — The Windermere Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying several women, some of whom may no longer be alive.
Windermere police said they want to check on their safety and well-being.
“We are not sure if they are harmed,” Chief David Ogden said. “We’re not sure if they’re safe. We’re not sure if they’re even alive, to be honest with you. Some of our biggest fears are that these cases are so old that maybe there’s somebody out there that isn’t alive any longer.
“We’re just not sure about that. That’s why this is critical and that’s why it’s important,” Ogden added.
On Tuesday, investigators released 14 crime bulletins along with photos of nine women, tattoos and jewelry.
Former FBI taskforce agent James Copenhaver said the images, showing the women in compromising positions, speaks volumes.
“Keep in mind these women are potentially victims, unwitting or unknowing that they’re victims. If you’re give some type of alcohol or substance and you fall asleep or you’re passed out, certainly one could take advantage of these women,” explained James Copenhaver, who now works in Central Florida as a private investigator.
“It could have been a lethal dose that could have actually taken the life of one or more of these women,” Copenhaver added.
Police did not say why they are looking for the women but said the photos were taken before 2011. They think the women are from the Central Florida area. Ogden said the department has been investigating the case since 2012.
In March 2015, Windermere police issued crime bulletins for two women they are trying to identify and released them again Tuesday along with new ones.
“I think the time frame, as you know, some time ago when we released a few of the pictures, we told you that we weren’t sure of the time frame. So right now, all we know is we’ve narrowed it down to anywhere between 2006 and 2012.
“That makes it very difficult,” Ogden said.
“No matter what occurred to these women, they’re mothers, daughters, sisters and they need to be located and identified, to make sure they are OK and safe,” Copenhaver said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective John Allen of the Windermere Police Department at 407-909-5306.