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Thousand Oaks - Investigators Seeking Identity of 1980 Homicide Victim
4/26/2013 8:40:00 AM


Nature of Incident:             Cold Case Homicide / Dead Body Located


Location:                              Westlake Village, CA


Date & Time:                        June 18, 1980


Unit Responsible:              Special Services Division / Major Crimes Bureau


(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses         City of residence                Age  

(V) Unknown Female Adult                       Unknown                              15-25 (at death)



The Ventura County Cold Case Task Force is seeking the public's assistance in identifying the remains of a young woman who was murdered and left in a Ventura County High School parking lot in 1980. 

On June 18, 1980, at 12:40 PM, Ventura County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a report of a possible dead body in the parking lot of Westlake High School. When they arrived they found a young woman who was clearly deceased. 

Evidence at the scene suggested that the victim may have been killed at another location and her body moved to the parking lot, possibly because of its remote location at that time. An autopsy determined the victim died as a result of multiple stab wounds.  A homicide investigation was initiated in 1980, but detectives were never able to identify the victim. 

Investigators now have reason to believe the victim may have been from either the San Fernando Valley or Kern County.

If you have information about this victim, please call the Ventura County Sheriff's Department at 805-384- 4735

Officer Preparing Release:

Sergeant Cary Peterson                                        


Follow-up Contact:

Investigator Greg Hayes

Ventura County Cold Case Task Force               (805)384-4735


Date of Release:

April 23, 2013


Approved by:

Captain Chris Dunn