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Victim in decades-old cold case identified as missing Roswell teen


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Tammy Terrell

Police in Nevada have identified the victim in a 41-year-old unsolved homicide as a teenage girl who went missing from Roswell.

Authorities in Henderson, Nevada, in a press release Thursday identified the girl found beaten to death, who until now was only known as “Jane Arroyo Grande Doe,” as Tammy Corrine Terrell.

Terrell was 17 years old and living in Roswell on Sept. 28, 1980, when she went missing. She was last seen that evening at a restaurant in Roswell, where she was accompanied by an unidentified white male and female, who it is believed were possibly heading to a destination in California.

On Oct. 5, 1980 she was found by passing motorists in a desert area near Arroyo Grande Boulevard and Lake Meade Parkway in Henderson.

Her death was later ruled a homicide by the Clark County Coroner’s Office, but attempts to identify her were unsuccessful until last month.

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The press release states investigators finally learned Terrell’s identity through the use of investigative genetic genealogy, which utilizes DNA testing to find relationships between individuals to identify possible relatives of an unidentified victim.

Carla Klontz, Terrell’s younger sister, told the Roswell Daily Record in an interview Thursday the announcement provides her with some answers about her sister’s fate.

“Now I don’t have to wonder about her being cold, hungry, so that part is closure,” she said.

Henderson Police in the press release stated that the investigation into Terrell’s death remains open.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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