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Date of Issue: March 31, 2010

Remains identified, MCSO looks elsewhere

Remains found alongside Interstate-75 in Hillsborough County were identified last week as those of a woman missing for six years.

The woman was identified as Lisa Ann Mowrey, 18 at the time of her disappearance. She was last seen Feb. 26, 2004, leaving home to go to a hairstyling school in Tampa.

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office detectives investigating the disappearance of Holmes Beach resident Sabine Musil-Buehler had contacted Tampa authorities after the remains, partially covered by brush and debris, were found March 16.

The remains, including a skull, were found off Interstate-75 about a mile north of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard in Tampa.

Soon after the remains were discovered, the medical examiner’s office in Hillsborough confirmed that they were that of a woman.

The announcement led law enforcement personnel around the state to begin reviewing their missing person and unsolved homicide files, including MCSO, which has been investigating the disappearance of Musil-Buehler, co-owner of Haley’s Motel in Holmes Beach, since Nov, 6, 2008.

The medical examiner identified Mowrey’s remains using dental records.

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputies had contacted the Tampa detectives March 22 to discuss the discovery of bones and Mowrey’s disappearance, according to a news release.

“The Hillsborough County medical examiner and the University of South Florida anthropologist are still reconstructing and testing the remains on this unexplained death,” the release stated.