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Info sought on unsolved homicides
by Tribune Staff
Feb 09, 2011 | 809 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Nevada Threat Analysis Center (NTAC) is seeking information on unsolved Nevada rural county female homicides and missing person cases.

For more than a year the NTAC’s Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO) Program has collected information from law enforcement officials concerning unsolved rural female homicides and select missing person cases. The cold cases include unsolved homicide and missing person cold cases that have occurred from 1972 to 2010.

In furtherance of these important investigations, NTAC requests the public’s assistance in developing potential leads about the unsolved female homicides and missing person cold cases. Ten of the unsolved cases involve female victims who have not been identified. For the next nine weeks, NTAC will publish bi-monthly articles about two of the cold cases until all of the cases are profiled. The 18 unsolved investigations will be from rural Nevada counties, and do not include cold cases from Washoe or Clark counties.

Anyone having information about these cases is asked to contact Jim Lopey at 775-687-0450 or e-mail

• Imlay Jane Doe was found Oct. 27, 1978, (death about six months prior to being found) in Pershing County, several miles west of Imlay on Scossa Road area. The unidentified woman was caucasian, between 40 and 50 years old, 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighed 155 pounds. She was found inside a piece of luggage and had been clothed in a bluish-green jacket and matching skirt, white knit sweater and white T-shirt.

• Valerie Jane Doe was found March 26, 1991, in the Black Rock Desert of Pershing County, 11.1 miles north of Gerlach off Highway 34. The unidentified woman was white, between 5 feet 1 inch and 5 feet 3 inches tall with brown hair, a thin build, between age 25 and her mid-50s (one anthropologist estimated age range from 25 to 35). The victim was wearing size 30 Kikku brand jeans, a black blouse, dark blue camisole and dark socks. A piece of jewelry had the inscription “Valerie,” possibly indicating the victim’s first name. She had been shot to death. One piece of jewelry found on the victim was a gold-colored bracelet with a pattern of a dragon inlaid in a sea shell type material.
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