After thirty years, the woman known only as ‘the woman with the flower tattoo,’ a murder victim, has finally been identified as Rita Roberts.
The breakthrough was made possible through Operation Identify Me, an international effort involving Belgian, Dutch, and German police, along with Interpol. Rita Roberts, who was murdered in 1992, had a distinctive black flower tattoo on her left forearm, which played a crucial role in her identification.
Rita Roberts’ family, upon learning of her identification, expressed profound shock and sorrow. In a statement released by Interpol, they remembered Rita as passionate, loving, and free-spirited. The family thanked various organizations, including Belgium Missing Persons, Antwerp Police, Interpol, and Durham Police in the UK, for their support in resolving this long-standing mystery.
Rita Roberts, 31, had moved to Antwerp from Cardiff in February 1992. A family member in the United Kingdom, recognizing the tattoo from a news broadcast, contacted Interpol and the Belgian authorities, leading to her formal identification.
The family was able to confirm her identity through personal identifiers, culminating in the amendment of her death certificate. Described as a beautiful person who loved travelling and aspired to have a family, Rita’s identification brings closure to a decades-long case. Belgian authorities are now appealing to the public for any information about Rita Roberts or the circumstances of her untimely death.