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125UFNV - Unidentified Female

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Reconstructions of the victim.

Date of Discovery: November 16, 1993
Location of Discovery: Elko County, Nevada
Estimated Date of Death: 6 days prior
State of Remains: Not recognizable - Decomposing/putrefaction
Cause of Death: Homicide - shot twice in the chest and beaten

Physical Description

Estimated Age: 20-35 years old
Race: White
Gender: Female
Height: 5'7" to 5'8"
Weight: 144 lbs.
Hair Color: Blond
Eye Color: Brown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: She had a scar on her right calf area. She may have previously gone through childbirth. A single pierce mark in each earlobe (no earrings present). A nodular 0.3 to 0.5 cm. nevus-like lesion on the preauricular scalp, above the tragus of the right ear - a depressed plaque-like mottled brown-gray ovoid 3 x 4 cm. scar on the back of the distal right lower leg - a similar colored 3 x 1 cm oval horizontal scar below this and also on the back of the right lower leg. Wore pink nail polish.

Identifiers

Dentals: Available. Her teeth were in excellent condition but was in the process of having a root canal done on the lower right molar (tooth 31). Had all 32 teeth, impacted wisdom teeth.
Fingerprints: Available.
DNA: Available.

Clothing & Personal Items

Clothing: None.
Jewelry: None.
Additional Personal Items: None.

Circumstances of Discovery

The victim was found off the northbound side of Interstate 80, near the Utah border. The site where the body was found lies on the edge of a vast and desolate desert bisected by one of the nation's busiest highways.

An autopsy found evidence of alcohol and marijuana in the woman's system.

The victim was found completely nude, lying on her back, her arms spread out to her side in the shape of a cross, legs slightly parted. Investigators believe her killer may have purposefully posed the body. Detectives found drag marks on the ground from the victim's heels. She had been shot twice in the chest with a small-caliber weapon. One of the bullets pierced her heart. She had also been beaten.

Police believe the victim was killed at another location and later dumped at the I-80 turnoff. Tire tracks found at the site point to a mid-size to large vehicle, possibly a pickup or van.

Hair samples sent to a Salt Lake City laboratory matched isotope sequences with drinking water that pinpointed where the woman had lived. The victim spent the last seven months of her life near the town of Afton, Wyoming.

Investigating Agency(s)

Agency Name: Elko County Coroner's Office
Agency Contact Person: Dennis Journigan
Agency Phone Number: 775-738-8936 or 775-777-2524
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: 1235-93

Agency Name: Elko County Sheriff Department
Agency Contact Person: N/A
Agency Phone Number: 702-738-3421
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: Unknown

Agency Name: Washoe County Medical Examiner/Coroner
Agency Contact Person: Ellen Clark
Agency Phone Number: 775-785-6114
Agency E-Mail: [email protected]%20
Agency Case Number: 1235-93

NCIC Case Number: Unknown
NamUs Case Number: 4920

Information Source(s)

NamUs
Washoe County Coroner's Office
Missing Children...HELP Center

Admin Notes

Added: 7/22/00; Last Updated: 1/1/17


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