A body found in a field in West Lincoln in April is that of 15-year-old Felicia Floriani, a runaway and sex trade worker last seen in Hamilton almost 10 years ago.
Floriani's remains were found in a farmer's field on April 19 on Church Road between Concession Road 2 and South Chippewa Road.
Investigators are linking it to part of Project Advocate, an investigation into the death or harm of eight sex trade workers in Hamilton and Burlington dating back to 2001, Hamilton and Niagara police said in a joint press conference today.
Police used dental records to identify her body, said Jim Prinsen, acting inspector of Niagara Regional Police Service.
He would not say the cause of death or describe state of the body.
Her body was found in a farmer's field in an area that flooded in the spring, he said.
“She was not buried,” Prinsen said.
Staff Sgt. Steve Hrab of Hamilton Police said Floriani was a runway and “obviously involved in the drugs,” he said.
The family lives in the Hamilton area.
"A detective spoke to them this morning and he said it is offering them some closure.”
Floriani was reported missing in June 2002 and had a history of running away. She was last seen in September 2002.
Previous missing persons reports describe Floriani as being 5'4” and having a lazy eye.
Police would not say if they have any suspects in the case. But they are asking for information from the public on Floriani's disappearance and death.
“I think there were a number of people at the time who believed she had just run off and gone somewhere and was living and missing from our area,” Hrab said.
Now that her remains have been found, maybe someone will step forward, Hrab said.
Anyone with information should contact investigators or Crime Stoppers.