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Cold Case Murder Investigation


March 12, 2016

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – Riverside County Sheriff’s Cold Case investigators are conducting an on-going homicide investigation. The incident was reported on January 27, 1996 at about 11:40 a.m. Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies from the Banning Station were notified by California Highway Patrol of a found dead body along Highway 60, about 1.5 miles east of Gilman Springs Road, in an area known as the “Badlands.”

Deputies were advised that a passing motorist had seen what appeared to be a body lying along the road near a turnout. The motorist reported what they had seen to a Highway Patrol Officer, who checked the area and in fact located the body of a deceased female at the location.

The victim was described as a well-groomed female, possibly of Hispanic, Native American, or Asian descent. She was 5’0” tall, about 130 pounds, brown hair, and brown eyes and about 20 to 30 years of age. She was wearing a predominate black with grey tweed checkered type blazer, purple sweater, blue jean type pants “Original Honey Dip” label, white socks, and white “KEDS” shoes. The victim was wearing two gold necklaces: one a rose with a stem and two leaves, the other a religious medal with “Jesus” on one side and “Mary” on the other side. The victim was also wearing two gold rings: one gold ring with two clear stones and a multi-colored gold band with floral design. She also had a gold wristwatch with a flower shaped cover and multiple clear stones. The victim had a small scar on her chin and a surgical scar on her right abdomen.

The identity of the victim is still unknown although evidence indicates that she was possibly married and had possibly given birth in the past.

The victim corners report indicated an injury to the victim’s head and that she was killed less than 24 hours prior to her being found. The case is being investigated as a homicide and the investigation is continuing.

Anyone with any information regarding this crime or the identity of the victim please contact Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Cold Case Investigator De La Torre 951-955-1187, contact the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at 909-275-2444, or the PASS CRIMESTOPPERS at 909-922-7233.



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