By Russ and Tiña De Maris
The National Park Service needs your help with solving a very cold case from California. In 1983 the body of a woman believed to be between the ages of 18 and 30 was found in Yosemite National Park. The victim was dumped at Summit Meadow, along Glacier Point Road. A CT scan has been used to put together a new facial reconstruction image that may help someone identify this victim.
Serial killer victim?
The NPS Investigative Services Branch thinks this woman could potentially be a victim of Henry Lee Lucas. Lucas was a serial killer whose “career” spanned 1960 to 1983. He was found to have killed 11 people and, at one point, confessed to killing 100 or more. Many of his purported victims turned out to be hoaxes. However, “He had information about this murder that had not been made public and could only be known by the person who committed the crime,” say investigators with the NPS on Facebook.
Here’s more information on this cold case. In the 1980s Lucas told police he had picked up a female hitchhiker between Fresno, California, and Yosemite National Park on California Highway 41. He said she was around 5’5″ to 5’6″, and had light brown or blonde straight hair. At the time, he claims she was wearing silver rings on both of her hands.
If you recognize this woman, or if you have other information that might help investigators, call or text the Investigative Services Branch at 888-653-0009 or go to www.nps.gov/ISB.
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