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501UFAZ - Unidentified Female

Reconstruction of the decedent by NCMEC and Diana Trepkov; waistband of pants, shoe and bracelet worn by the decedent; scar on hand. To view postmortem photographs, please click photo 1 and photo 2.

Date of Discovery: April 27, 2002
Location of Discovery: Tempe, Maricopa County, Arizona
Estimated Date of Death: Hours prior
State of Remains: Recognizable face
Cause of Death: Cocaine overdose

Physical Description

Estimated Age: 15-19 years old
Race: Hispanic and/or Native American
Sex: Female
Height: 5'0" to 5'2"
Weight: 120-125 lbs.
Hair Color: Black, twelve inches long.
Eye Color: Brown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: She had a scar approximately 1" long on back of her hand extending from just below pinky and ring finger area toward wrist; scar on left shoulder.


Dentals: Available
Fingerprints: Available
DNA: Available

Clothing & Personal Items

Clothing: Unknown
Jewelry: Unknown
Additional Personal Items: Unknown

Circumstances of Discovery

The victim had previously been picked up near 32nd Street and Greenway Road in Phoenix, Arizona while hitchhiking. Apart from the driver, a second person, a drug dealer, was in the vehicle. She advised the driver she had been kicked out of her residence due to drug abuse. She also told the driver she wanted to get tickets to a concert but instead spent money on cocaine from the drug dealer. She may have been a Spanish speaker.

Along the way, the female used cocaine and began to have a seizure and her body was left behind a strip mall. The driver told the drug dealer to call police, but the body was not discovered until the next morning.

The victim's death was not ruled as a homicide or accident due to the circumstaces described by the driver of the vehicle, who was linked to the victim through fingerprints by police.

Investigating Agency(s)

Agency Name: Maricopa County Medical Examiner
Agency Contact Person: N/A
Agency Phone Number: 602-506-3322
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: 02-067757

Agency Name: Tempe Police Department
Agency Contact Person: N/A
Agency Phone Number: 480-350-8311
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: Unknown

NCIC Case Number: U250003069
NamUs Case Number: 1987
NCMEC Case Number: 1111241

Information Source(s)

AZ Central (1/6/06)
Maricopa County Medical Examiner

Admin Notes

Added: 7/9/06; Last Updated: 11/22/17

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

** Listed information may be estimated.

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