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Left to right: Artisic rendering and sketch of the victim; The victim's clothing and hankerchief
Date of Discovery: February 14, 1982
Location of Discovery: Cococino County, Arizona
Estimated Date of Death: February 4, 1982
State of Remains: Not recognizable - Insect/animal activity
Cause of Death: Homicide by strangulation or suffocation
** Listed information is approximate
Estimated Age: 16-23 years old
Height: 5'4" to 5'6"
Weight: 120-130 lbs.
Hair Color: Blonde, straight and about 9.5 inches in length.
Eye Color: Blue
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Rough, well-healed scars on the top of the left foot. A 2-inch diagonal scar on the back of her right thigh. Three moles above her right breast and 1 mole on her upper left leg. Left ear or possibly both ears pierced (right ear missing due to animal activity). She had recently undergone preparation for a root canal.
Dentals: Available. Tooth #19 (lower molar) had been drilled in preparation for a root canal approximately one week prior to her death. Teeth # 1, 16, 17 and 32 not erupted.
Fingerprints: Not available.
DNA: mtDNA and nucDNA available.
Clothing & Personal Items
Clothing: Red and white horizontal striped pullover sweater, designer Seasons blue jeans (size 9), and a bra (size 36C).
Additional Personal Items: White hankerchief.
An Arizona Department of Public Safety officer discovered the victim's body near westbound Interstate 40 about 11 miles west of Williams. She was lying face down under a cedar tree about 25 feet from the interstate.
She was possibly last seen at the Monte Carlo Truck Stop in Ashfork, Arizona during the early morning hours of February 4, 1982.
She was misidentified in 1984 as a Florida girl who had runaway in 1980. The runaway returned to her family in 1986 prompting the case to be reopened.
She is known to investigators as "Valentine Sally" and is buried at a cemetery in Williams.
If you have any information about this case please contact;
Agency Name: Cococino County Sheriff's Office
Agency Contact Person: Detective Chuck Jones
Agency Phone Number: 928-226-5033
Agency Name: Cococino County Medical Examiner's Office
Agency Contact Person: Amy Kelly
Agency Phone Number: 928-679-8775
Agency Case Number: LE: 82-11000; ME: 82-022; NCMEC: 1184503
NCIC Case Number: U214162293
NamUs Case Number: UP #9864
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.
Cococino County Sheriff's Office
Arizona Daily Sun News Archive