Sacto 9-1-1
July 7, 2011
Help sought to identify woman in Nevada County cold case

1984 homicide sketch.bmpThe Nevada County Sheriff's Office seeks the public's help in identifying a woman whose body was found 27 year's ago and is believed to be the victim of a homicide.

The body of a young woman was discovered July 8, 1984, six miles north of Nevada City along Highway 49, just south of the Independence Trail head, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. The body was about 50 feet below a dirt parking area.

The possible cause of death was identified as strangulation, and the woman was believed to have been dead two to three weeks before the body was found.

The woman was described as white, approximately 18 to 30 years old, about 5 feet, 5 inches tall, with a slim build. She had shoulder-length blond hair and was wearing several layers of clothing. The only jewelry she was wearing was a yellow gold ring with a green stone.

Sheriff's officials said the woman was believed to have been a transient and may have come from outside the area. She may have attended a rock concert in the area a couple of weeks before her body was discovered.

An artist's conception of what the victim may have looked like was prepared shortly after her body was discovered in an attempt to help identify her. Investigators have pursued leads and all the information about has been entered into the National Crime Information Center, but the woman's identity remains a mystery.

The Nevada County Sheriff's Office's Major Crimes Unit is still investigating the case and asked anyone with information to call Detective Mike Sullivan at (530) 265-1471.

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