Reconstructions of the victim by NCMEC, Carl Koppelman and Wesley Neville; image of shower curtain near the body. To view a retouched post-mortem photo of the victim please click here
Date of Discovery: October 5, 1980
Location of Discovery: Henderson, Clark County, Nevada
Estimated Date of Death: Hours prior
State of Remains: Recognizable face
Cause of Death: Homicide
Estimated Age: 13-25 years old
Height: 5'0" to 5'4"
Weight: 98 - 110 lbs.
Hair Color: Light blondish-brown
Eye Color: Blue, green or hazel
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Pierced ears. Non-smoker. A crudely made tattoo of the letter "S" in blue in on the inner portion of right her forearm, approximately 1/2" X 1/4". The tattoo appeared new; believed to have been added not long before she died. Wearing silver-colored fingernail polish. Had a vaccination scar on her left bicep.
Dentals: Available. Wisdom teeth impacted. She had fillings. Dental Features: 7 & 8 are present, diastema - gap between two teeth on the upper right side of her mouth. Tooth 27 present - root tip. She had a unique dental technique performed on one of her teeth, known as a "suture," which was used to straighten a tooth.
Fingerprints: Available. Full prints are available in file. Prints sent to CA DOJ, FBI, and LVMPD - no matching record.
DNA: Sample submitted - Tests Complete.
Additional Personal Items: A piece of a yellow or orange shower curtain was near the body.
The victim was located on State Route 146 near Arroyo Grande Road at about 9:20 PM. She was murdered elsewhere and her body dumped at the site.
She suffered multiple head wounds, possibly with a hammer, to back of skull and behind right ear and seven puncture-type stab wounds approximately 3" in depth to the left upper portion of her back. One of her lower teeth was knocked out from the attack.
The body appeared to have been washed before it was dumped at the scene.
The case was officially reopened by police in June 2015.
She was exhumed in December 2016 for additional DNA testing and examination.
Agency Name: Henderson Police Department
Agency Contact Person: Detective John Williams
Agency Phone Number: 702-267-5000
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: 80-3937
Agency Name: Clark County Coroner Office
Agency Contact Person: Ashley Grygor
Agency Phone Number: 702-455-3210
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: 80-01221
NCIC Case Number: U898928671
NCMEC Case Number: 1114321
NamUs Case Number: 46
Fox 5 Vegas (11/14/16)
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Added: Prior to 2011; Last Updated: 12/15/16
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** Listed information may be estimated.