City of Sacramento Police Department

Chief of Police
5770 Freeport Blvd., Suite 100
Sacramento, CA  95822-3516

(916) 808-0800
Fax : (916) 808-0818


For Immediate Release No. 20090324-051
Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Police Ask Public for Help in Solving a 26-Year-Old Homicide Cold Case

On March 4, 1983, at 10:30 a.m., the Sacramento Police Department responded to the area of El Centro Road, just south of Del Paso Road.  A citizen discovered a body floating in the drainage canal at that location.  Officers arrived and shortly thereafter, requested the assistance of homicide detectives.

Investigators responded and removed the body from the water.  The body was that of a White female in her late 20's.  She was 5'3" tall and weighed 167 pounds.  She had brown hair and blue eyes.  She was wearing heavy layered clothing which suggested she could have been traveling from a region with a colder climate.  The victim did not have any identification on her person.  An autopsy revealed the victim died from blunt force trauma to the head.

Efforts to identify the victim at that time were met with negative results.  A rough sketch of the victim's face was done and placed in local newspapers; however, no one came forward with any indentifying information.

Earlier this year, Cold Case Investigator Pete Willover and Retired Sergeant John Cabrera re-opened this investigation in hopes of identifying the victim and solving the case.  A new composite sketch of the victim's face was done, as well as re-examination of evidence for DNA.  The findings will be submitted to the FBI.

We are releasing the new composite sketch of the victim's face in hopes that someone will recognize her and we can finally give a name to this victim.  We also hope that someone will come forward with information about her murder.  Composite sketches are attached.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or text in a tip by texting to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

1983 Composite

1983 Composite

2008 Composite

2008 Composite

Sacramento Police Media Relations · (916) 808-0808 ·

The Mission of the Sacramento Police Department is to work in partnership with the Community to
protect life and property, solve neighborhood problems, and enhance the quality of life in our City.