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National group wants help to identify 1979 homicide victim

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Updated: 8/15/2013 12:53 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV -- It's been 34 years and one day since the body of a young woman was found in a parking lot off the Las Vegas Strip. And that body has still not been identified.

But the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is still looking for clues and is requesting the public’s help.

The body of a young woman was found Aug. 14, 1979, in a parking lot at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Sahara.

Since that day, the woman has been known as Jane Las Vegas Doe 1979. Now, a group is hoping to at least give that woman her real name back.

Police say they believe the victim was killed three to four hours before she was found.

She was a woman somewhere between age 15 and 25, 5-foot-6 and 100 to 105 pounds, with shoulder-length brown hair and brown eyes. The woman also was missing all her teeth when she was found and was wearing only an upper denture.

When she was found she had on blue Levi’s and a blue-green blouse that had red sequins and a floral pattern. She also had several pieces of white metal jewelry including a ring, a necklace and a chain with a pendant.

After 34 years, one might believe that this Jane Doe has been forgotten about, but the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says otherwise.

“What we find often someone is missing them, someone's looking for them,” said Angela Williamson of NCMEC. “They may just not have reported them missing to authorities or the report could have been lost or it could be there is a family member whose maybe not the mother or father or more distant, or a friend. But usually there is somebody out there who wants to know what happened to these people.”

Anyone with information about the identity of this woman is urged to come forward and call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at (800) 843-5678. The call can be anonymous.



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