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58UFNV - Unidentified Female

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Reconstructions of the victim; victim's jewelry; victim's shirt. To view post-mortem photos of the victim please click Photo 1 and Photo 2

Date of Discovery: August 14, 1979
Location of Discovery: Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada
Estimated Date of Death: 3-4 hours prior
State of Remains: Recognizable face
Cause of Death: Homicide by stabbing

Physical Description

Estimated Age: 15-25 years old
Race: White
Gender: Female
Height: 5'6"
Weight: 100 to 105 pounds lbs.
Hair Color: Brown, wavy.
Eye Color: Brown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Manicured nails with red nail polish.


Dentals: Available. Edentulous with an upper denture. No lower denture recovered. From the 1979 report in the case file: Decedent had full upper and lower dentures. Mandibular denture was not recovered. The maxillary denture was of an open face design with no flange over the 4 anterior teeth. The maxillary arch was small with the denture measuring 6.2 cm wide at the tuberosity and 5 cm long from incisor to post dam - the central incisor is 13 mm long - processed in pink plastic. The anterior teeth are New Hue Biotone Plastic, mold IN and shade 61 or 62. The posterior teeth are 32 L a 33 degree tooth.
Fingerprints: Available. Prints checked through local PD and FBI no matches in file.
DNA: mtDNA and nucDNA available. Complete mitochondrial DNA profile and full STR profile uploaded to NDIS.

Clothing & Personal Items

Clothing: Blue Levi's hip hugger jeans, a distinctive light blue-green button-up linen shirt with red floral embroidery and sequins and a tie up bottom. No shoes.
Jewelry: White metal chain with clear plastic heart pendant with a rose painted on it. White metal chain with a pendant containing a turquoise colored stone. White metal plain ring worn on the right hand.
Additional Personal Items: Unknown

Circumstances of Discovery

The victim's was found partially disrobed and lying face down in the vacant parking lot on the old El Rancho Casino property (now a vacant lot) at Las Vegas Boulevard South and Sahara Avenue. She had what appeared to be multiple wounds to the abdomen.

She was last seen with a white male at a liquor store shortly before she was found.

In 2016, it was announced that the female may have used the name "Shauna" or "Shawna" and could have worked at a Holiday Inn or a motel on Las Vegas Boulevard. She may have also lived in a trailer park.

Forensic pollen testing indicated she had spend some time Napa Valley or Central Valley, California before her death.

The victim is known by the nickname "Sahara Sue."

Investigating Agency(s)

Agency Name: Las Vegas Metro Police Department
Agency Contact Person: N/A
Agency Phone Number: 702-229-3521
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: Unknown

Agency Name: Clark County Coroner's Office
Agency Contact Person: N/A
Agency Phone Number: 702-455-6649
Agency E-Mail: [email protected]
Agency Case Number: 79-0968

NCIC Case Number: U140022671
NamUs Case Number: 159
NCMEC Case Number: 1104104

Information Source(s)

Clark County Coroner
News 3 Archive

Admin Notes

Added: Prior to 2011; Last Updated: 11/14/16

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

** Listed information may be estimated.

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