Two weeks after a woman was mysteriously murdered outside a home in a leafy residential Miami neighborhood, police have identified her.
But they still don’t know who did it, or why.
“Turns out she lived about 18 blocks away in Little Havana,” said Miami police Detective Rene Pimentel.
The dead woman, according to police, was Mercedes Esquijarosa, 53. Detectives said that after a family member saw news of the murder, they notified police.
Still, police are stumped.
It doesn’t appear Esquijarosa was close to her family. Police say she had a 95-year-old mother and a 25-year-old daughter.
Police were alerted to the woman’s death just past 4:30 a.m. on July 15, when someone dialed 911 to say they heard three gunshots. When police got to 1875 SW 14th Terr., a neighborhood in Shenandoah of single-family homes, they found Esquijarosa lying in a pool of blood on a sidewalk outside the home.
She had no identification. No one in the neighborhood recognized her. No weapon was found. And no one saw anything unusual when the five-foot, five-inch tall woman with burgundy hair and weighing 100 pounds was killed.
An outstanding clue, according to police: The dead woman had three-inch fingernails on each thumb, both covered in glitter. She was wearing a gray tank top and blue jeans.
Police believe someone drove her to the spot, shot her in a vehicle and dumped her body. They had so little to go on, police contacted the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to see if Esquijarosa might be on a list of undocumented arrivals.
For two weeks, they considered her a “Jane Doe.”
Anyone with information should call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477. A reward of up to $3,000 is available for information leading to an arrest and conviction.