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24UFCA - Unidentified Female

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Date of Discovery: March 31, 1988
Location of Discovery: Santa Ana, Orange County, California
Estimated Date of Death: Days prior
State of Remains: Not recognizable - Decomposing/putrefaction
Cause of Death: Homicide by stabbing.

Physical Description

Estimated Age: 22-28 years old
Race: Hispanic or White
Gender: Female
Height: 5'3 to 5'5"
Weight: 130 pounds lbs.
Hair Color: Black. 9" long.
Eye Color: Unknown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: She was well nourished. She had a scar measuring one inch under her navel, possibly from Laparoscopy. There were stretch marks on her abdomen. Short thumbs at tips.


Dentals: Available. Her teeth were mottled and brown. Untreated caries in teeth 3, 4 and 31.
Fingerprints: Available.
DNA: Not available.

Clothing & Personal Items

Clothing: he was wearing a yellow tank top; white pants; 36A bra; and white tennis shoes.
Jewelry: She was wearing gold hoop earrings in ear cuff style.
Additional Personal Items: Unknown

Circumstances of Discovery

The victim's decapitated body was discovered at 4:00PM in the bushes near an entrance to Santiago Park in Santa Ana, California. Her head was found four days later, at the north side of the park in a dry creek bed. It is believed that the killer had placed the head at the scene after the discovery of the body, as searches for it upon the discovery were extensive.

After her head was found, it was determined that she had been stabbed a total of nine times in the face and once in the neck.

It is possible that she was from the southwestern United States or Mexico, based on examination of her teeth.

Her case was reopened in April 2015 in hopes to solve the case.

Investigating Agency(s)

Agency Name: Orange County Coroner's Office
Agency Contact Person: N/A
Agency Phone Number: 714-647-7400
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: 88-01828-SC

NCIC Case Number: U305734428
NamUs Case Number: 7663

Information Source(s)

Orange County Sheriff
Orange County Register (July 5, 2014)
ABC 7 News (April 30, 2015)

Admin Notes

Added: 12/3/2005; Last Updated: 10/3/2016

Questions or comments? Please contact appropriate member of the Area Team

** Listed information may be estimated.

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