Doe Network

588UFCA - Unidentified Female

Victim's necklace; crime scene.

Date of Discovery: June 26, 1983
Location of Discovery: Crescenta Valley, Los Angeles County, California
Estimated Date of Death: Less than two hours prior
State of Remains: Not recognizable - Charred/burned
Cause of Death: Homicide

Physical Description

Estimated Age: 16-28 years old
Race: White
Sex: Female
Height: Unknown.
Weight: Unknown.
Hair Color: Blond, long and straight with a reddish tint.
Eye Color: Possibly brown.
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Short stature and small build. Delicate facial features.


Dentals: Available.
Fingerprints: Not available.
DNA: Available.

Clothing & Personal Items

Clothing: Unknown
Jewelry: A gold metal chain, with a small gold charm, with "14K gold" inscribed on it. Yellow metal watch band.
Additional Personal Items: Unknown

Circumstances of Discovery

The victim was located at 13707 Little Tujunga Canyon Drive, Crescenta Valley, CA. She was found inside an abandoned trailer which had been set on fire. She was burned beyond recognition and had a wire wrapped around her neck and a hose inserted in her vagina.

Suspect Melvin Smith was arrested and sentenced to 25 years. He admitted that he picked the victim up at Sepulveda and Ventura Boulevard, sometime after 04.00 on the morning of the murder. The suspect admitted beating the victim until she did not move anymore. The crime was committed in an abandoned trailer at location.

Investigating Agency(s)

Agency Name: Los Angeles County Coroner
Agency Contact Person: Daniel Machian
Agency Phone Number: 1-323-343-0754
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: 83-7963

Agency Name: LASD Homicide Cold Case Unit
Agency Contact Person: Detective Richard C. Kennerly
Agency Phone Number: 323-890-5500
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: Jane Doe # 56; 1983-01873-1251-011;

NCIC Case Number: U570016326
NamUs Case Number: 4273
NCMEC Case Number: 1106246

Information Source(s)

LASD Homicide Cold Case Unit

Admin Notes

Added: 9/17/07; Last Updated: 1/15/18

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

** Listed information may be estimated.

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