439UFCA - Unidentified Female
Reconstruction of the victim. To view postmortem photographs, please click photo 1 and photo 2.
Date of Discovery: January 11, 1987
Location of Discovery: Daly City, San Mateo County, California
Estimated Date of Death: Hours prior
State of Remains: Recognizable face
Cause of Death: Homicided by strangulation and forced overdose
Physical DescriptionEstimated Age: 25-30 years old
Height: 5'2" to 5'4"
Weight: 95 to 105 lbs.
Hair: Brown and straight, shoulder length.
Eye Color: Brown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Appendectomy scar (2 inches long). Evidence of childbirth. Smoker. Hands worn from some kind of hard work. Underarms and legs were unshaven. Dandruff on scalp, possible cataract in right eye.
IdentifiersDentals: Available. No fillings or other devices noted. Tooth #16 impacted or unerupted.
Fingerprints: Available .
Clothing & Personal ItemsClothing: Gray Windy Weather jacket with hood and fleece lining, Eyes Stopper blue jeans, blue velour sweater, New York gray pullover, hooded lavender sweatshirt, blue underwear, pair of brown socks, pair of black socks, pair of white socks, and a pair of brown lace-up shoes that were fairly expensive. Clothing was in the size 6 range.
Additional Personal Items: A partially labeled prescription container bearing the name "Long's Drug" in Concord. A matchbook from Vern's, a local restaurant. Two packs of Winston cigarettes, one of which was new.
Circumstances of DiscoveryChildren discovered the fully dressed remains of a young female, possibly a transient, in the bushes in front of 198 Bruno Street in Daly City. She had been apparently forced to take on overdose of prescription drugs and then strangled.
The autopsy identified the prescription drugs as imipramine and desimpramine - anti-depressants often used to relieve agitated psychotic symptoms. There was no evidence that she was a habitual drug user.
There was no evidence of sexual assault. She did not have identification or a house key on her.
Earlier she was seen buying a pack of cigarettes at Vern's Diner on Mission Street in Daly City. Some people across the street were having a garage sale and they saw her fighting with a male, but did not intervene.
When investigators interviewed people from Vern's and other businesses and residences in the area, no one recognized her.
Her fingerprints were sent to law enforcement agencies throughout the country, but received no hits.
Investigating Agency(s)Agency Name: San Mateo County Coroner's Office
Agency Contact Person: Emily Tauscher
Agency Phone Number: 650-312-5223 or 650-312-5562
Agency E-Mail: ETauscher(at)smcgov.org
Agency Case Number: 87-0037
Agency Name: Daly City Police Department
Agency Contact Person: Lt. Michael Barton or Dave Mackriss
Agency Phone Number: 650-991-8119
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: 87-445
NCIC Case Number: U250003273
NamUs Case Number: 9938
San Mateo County Coroner
San Mateo County Sheriff
San Jose Mercury News Archive
#JaneDoe had been forced to take an overdose of prescription drugs and then strangled. She was found in Daly City, #CALIFORNIA in 1987
There was no evidence of sexual assault. She did not have identification or a house key on her. Earlier she was seen buying cigarettes at Vern's Diner on Mission Street in Daly City. Some people across the street were having a garage sale & they...
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