Case File: 1UFNY
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Physical Description** Listed information is approximate
Clothing & Personal Items
A passing motorist discovered the victim in a Caledonia cornfield about 20 feet from the south side of Route 20, about one half mile from the intersection of Route 5. She was fully clothed and there was no evidence that she had been sexually molested. Her pockets had been turned inside out, possibly to remove any identification.
The coroner estimated that she was killed the previous night from two gunshot wounds; one to the front of her head and one to her back. The gunshot wound to her head was inflicted prior to the one to her back. Apparently she was shot by the road where a blood spot marked the earth, then dragged into the cornfield and shot again. Police speculated that the murder weapon used was a .38-caliber handgun. Ballistics experts dug up a slug buried in the dirt underneath the victim and tested it against literally hundreds of other bullets fired from guns seized by police. Over the years, the Livingston County probes traced weapons to as far away as Canada, Europe, and Mexico, but they were never able to match the slug to a murder weapon.
An examination of the girl's stomach contents turned up pieces of meat, corn and potatoes. A waitress from a small dinner in Lima, New York, remembered seeing the girl the night before the murder, but she couldn't remember anything more. An unknown male was seen with the victim at a diner near the recovery location (his sketch is available on the FBI flyer located under Sources at the bottom of this page). He is described as a white male, 5'8" to 5'9" with black wire rimmed glasses and a plaid shirt. He was driving a tan station wagon with side paneling.
It was reported that several truckers called in with information about a young girl who was traveling and catching rides where she could. One trucker swore he saw the girl the night before she was murdered trying to hitch a ride to Boston from a nearby truck stop. It is unknown if this information has been confirmed.
She was laid to rest in the Mount Morris Cemetery in Dansville, New York. The inscription of her gravestone reads, "Lest we forget an unidentified girl. November 9. 1979. And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest." In September 2005, her grave was exhumed in order to test her teeth in hopes of identifying minerals found in drinking water to help aid in her identification. Pollen samples taken from the victim's clothing were determined to have come from only four places: Arizona, California, South Florida, or Mexico.
Serial killer Henry Lee Lucas confessed to her murder in 1984, however, no evidence supported his claim. He died in 2000. Police have followed up on over 10,000 leads, all to no avail.
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Last Updated: 9/9/14 - By: DD / Unidentified Persons Coordinator
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