Skeletal remains identified as those of missing girl from Tampa

TAMPA — Authorities have identified human remains found near Interstate 75 as those of a beauty school student who disappeared six years ago.

On Tuesday, Tampa Police said the remains are those of Lisa Ann Mowrey, who disappeared on her way to school in 2004. She was 18 at the time.

Mowrey was last seen leaving her home Feb. 6, 2004. She was on her way to school at the Manhattan Hairstyling Academy, but authorities said she never made it there and never returned home. She was reported missing by her parents to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

On March 16 of this year, a driver discovered the remains in a wooded area about a mile north of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard. Along with them, police recovered items of clothing including a salon smock, women’s sneakers a leather tag, possibly from a shirt.

Police said the body was identified through dental records. Detectives are still investigating how Mowrey died, and say the county’s medical examiner and anthropologists from the University of South Florida are testing the remains.