Tempe Girl 2002

Description:

On April 27, 2002, the body of a young woman was discovered behind a business on East University Drive in Tempe, Arizona. She is believed to have been between 15 and 19 years old and possibly of Hispanic, Latino or Native American descent. The young woman was approximately 5’1” and weighed 125 lbs. She had long, straight, dark hair and brown eyes. Scars were visible on her left hand and left shoulder.

She was wearing blue jeans with a side zipper and eyelets near the waistband, a red tank top and black wedge heels, size 6.5. She had purple fingernail polish and a purple bracelet and hair tie on her right wrist.

The young woman may have been hitchhiking in the area of 32nd Street and Greenway Road in Phoenix the previous day. According to the driver, she spoke Spanish and may have recently been asked to leave her home due to drug use. She died as a result of a cocaine overdose.

NamUs ID:UP1987
Date Body Found: April 27, 2002
Race: Hispanic/Latino/Native American
Gender: Female
Estimated Age: 15-19
Estimated PMI: months

Agency of Jurisdiction:

Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office
Christen Eggers
602-506-3322
[email protected]

Links to More Information:

https://www.namus.gov/UnidentifiedPersons/Case#/1987?nav
https://www.missingkids.org/poster/ncmu/1111241
https://doenetwork.org/cases/501ufaz.html

Status: Research in Progress

Image Credit: NCMEC
Doe-Nate Fund Goal: $2,100

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Last Updated: November 22, 2022

Posted on

July 26, 2022