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Sketch of victim. To view post-mortem photo of the victim please click Photo 1
Date of Discovery: January 11, 1987
Location of Discovery: Daly City, San Mateo County, California
Estimated Date of Death: Same day
State of Remains: Recognizable face
Cause of Death: Homicide by forced overdose and strangulation
** Listed information is approximate
Estimated Age: 25-30
Height: 5'2" to 5'4"
Weight: 95-105 lbs.
Hair Color: Straight, dark brown hair with seborrhea (dandruff).
Eye Color: Brown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Appendectomy scar (2 inches long). Evidence of childbirth. Smoker. Hands worn from some kind of hard work. Possible cataract in her right eye. Underarms and legs were unshaven.
Dentals: Available. No fillings or other devices noted. Tooth #16 impacted or unerupted. Dental chart
Fingerprints: Available. Fingerprint card
DNA: nucDNA available.
Clothing & Personal Items
Clothing: Gray Windy Weather jacket with hood and fleece lining, Eyes Stopper blue jeans, blue velour sweater, New York gray pullover, hooded lavender sweatshirt, blue underwear, pair of brown socks, pair of black socks, pair of white socks, and a pair of brown lace-up shoes that were fairly expensive. Clothing was in the size 6 range.
Additional Personal Items: A partially labeled prescription container bearing the name "Long's Drug" in Concord. A matchbook from Vern's, a local restaurant. Two packs of Winston cigarettes, one of which was a new pack.
Children discovered the fully dressed remains of a young female, possibly a transient, in the bushes in front of 198 Bruno Street in Daly City. She had been apparently forced to take on overdose of prescription drugs and then strangled.
The autopsy identified the prescription drugs as imipramine and desimpramine - anti-depressants often used to relieve agitated psychotic symptoms. There was no evidence that she was a habitual drug user.
There was no evidence of sexual assault. She did not have identification or a house key on her.
Earlier she was seen buying a pack of cigarettes at Vern's Diner on Mission Street in Daly City. Some people across the street were having a garage sale and they saw her fighting with a male, but did not intervene.
When investigators interviewed people from Vern's and other businesses and residences in the area, no one recognized her.
Her fingerprints were sent to law enforcement agencies throughout the country, but received no hits.
If you have any information about this case please contact;
Agency Name: San Mateo County Coroner's Office
Agency Phone Number: (650) 312-5562
Agency Case Number: ME: 87-37
NCIC Case Number: U250003273
NamUs Case Number: UP #9938
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.
San Mateo County Coroner's Office
Daly City Police Department
San Jose Mercury News Archive