Case File: 23UFCA
|The Doe Network
Physical Description** Listed information is approximate
Clothing & Personal Items
A citizen walking on the beach at 6:40 a.m. found a body at the bottom of a cliff below Bluff Road and Site Drive. It appeared that the victim jumped from the cliff onto the beach below.
On the top of the cliff investigators found a woman’s maroon colored purse/large wallet with an open end and zippered side that contained only coins, an open can of Coke, a map of the LA freeway system, a few pages of a map of the Orange County area, cigarettes, and matches with the Hampton Inn Logo. It was determined that the decedent went into the Hampton Inn and spoke with the clerk prior to getting a cab ride. She had asked if there were any high end hotels in area.
There were no abandoned vehicles located at the Unocal where the cab had picked her up. The maps looked like they are for tourists with points of interest labeled with descriptions. There were handwritten notes on some pages with directions to where the cab had picked her up, as well as other notes as if someone gave her directions. She had used the restroom at the Unocal. Police interviewed everyone but she had not given out her name or any personal information.
The police spoke with a Carol Pinkham who had the same color purse stolen in 1975. They contacted several Carol Pinkham’s and all were alive. The police spoke with a taxi driver for American Taxi who said he picked up a fare from the Unocal Station at Oso and I-5 at 04:15 a.m. The customer he described fit the description of the deceased. She had asked him to take her to the Ritz-Carlton or as far as $18.00 would get her. She said her car had broken down and she appeared upset. He dropped her off in front of the Chart House near Cove Rd and Scenic Drive (DP). She was last seen walking towards the cliff area after exiting the taxi.
Based on postmortem changes, her estimated time of death was 9/20/1987 at around 5:00 a.m.
UPDATE: She was identified in May 2015.
Investigating Agency(s)If you have any information about this case please contact;
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.
Added: Prior to 2011; Last Updated: 6/17/15 - By: DD / Unidentified Persons Coordinator
To submit an update to this case file, click here.