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QUESTION: Around the mid 1990s, along White Rock Road west of Scott Road -- south of Highway 50 -- a woman's body was seen on the side of the road by people driving to work. But nobody reported it until one man arrived at his office. A roadside memorial photo of "Sherri" is there today. Was her killer ever caught?
Submitted by: David Sanders, Folsom
ANSWER: A Sacramento County jury convicted Jeffery Jon Mills of the slaying of Sherri Farrar, a 21-year-old Carmichael mother whose body was found along White Rock Road on Feb. 11, 1994.
Mills was sentenced to death. Now 41, he remains on death row at San Quentin State Prison.
According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, Mills was driving when he saw Farrar walking on El Dorado Hills Boulevard. Farrar and her boyfriend had just had an argument in their car. She got out and the boyfriend drove off.
Mills raped Farrar. After the attack, prosecutors said, it became apparent that Farrar would report the crime, so Mills slit her throat.
In their search for a suspect, homicide detectives set up a roadblock on White Rock Road a few days after the killing and asked passing motorists whether they had seen anyone near Farrar's body about 6:40 a.m. the day she was found. Twenty-three people said they had. Several said they thought they saw a body, but they didn't know who to call. One man said he noticed a man kneeling over the body.
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