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NV SAHARA SUE: WF, 17-25, found in Las Vegas, NV - August 1979 *GRAPHIC*

Discussion in 'Unidentified 1900 to 1979' started by Kimster, Jun 27, 2015.

  1. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    www.inoldlasvegas.com


    1959 View of the Las vegas Strip, Near Sahara Avenue and the El Rancho Vegas

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    The Las Vegas Strip's First Hotel-Casino Complex. The 1941 El Rancho Vegas

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  2. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    She was nicknamed "Sahara Sue" because her body was found near the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas, at the intersection of Sahara and Las Vegas avenues.

    The victim's was found partially disrobed and lying face down in the vacant parking lot on the old El Rancho Casino property (now a vacant lot) at Las Vegas Boulevard South and Sahara Avenue. She had what appeared to be multiple wounds to the abdomen.


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  3. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    Another potential lead was followed that suggested that Sahara Sue may have ties to a trailer park in the area. Further investigation indicated she could have used the name "Shawna" or "Shawna" and may have been employed at a Holiday Inn or a motel on Las Vegas Boulevard.


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  4. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    That lead also tells them she may have worked at the Holiday Inn on Las Vegas Boulevard and possibly lived at a trailer park on East Lake Mead Boulevard.

    Trailer Park, 4362 E Lake Mead Blvd Las Vegas

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  5. DaisyChains

    DaisyChains Bronze Member

    If this Jane doe was unable to develop most of her teeth Bc of a natural genetic condition/predisposition, she would represent only 1% of the population with a similar syndrome. I am still so surprised they haven't located dentals for her. Maybe she received dental care through a local good Samaritans community care org? Free dental care of sorts? Maybe they don't keep meticulous records there. I just would have thought whoever provided her dentures would have recognized her. I guess they never knew about her murder. Must have been from another state. Perhaps some of her family members suffered from the same condition? The pollen being from CA on her clothes interests me as well. Was she from a trailer park near Lake Meade, but visited CA before her death? Was she in a car that had traveled from California that transferred the pollen on her clothes?

    The condition for missing all teeth, either primary and/or permanent), is called anodontia."

    Anodontia
    Anodontia
    Classification and external resources
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    K00.0
    ICD-9-CM 520.0
    MeSH D000848

    In dentistry, anodontia, also called anodontia vera, is a rare genetic disorder characterized by the congenital absence of all primary or permanent teeth. It is associated with the group of skin and nerve syndromes called the ectodermal dysplasias. Anodontia is usually part of a syndrome and seldom occurs as an isolated entity.

    Congenital absence of permanent teeth can present as hypodontia, usually missing 1 or 2 permanent teeth, or oligodontia that is the congenital absence of more than 6 teeth. Congenital absence of all wisdom teeth, or third molars, is relatively common. Anodontia is the congenital absence of teeth and can occur in some or all teeth (partial anodontia or hypodontia), involve two dentitions or only teeth of the permanent dentition (Dorland's 1998). Approximately 1% of the population suffers from oligodontia.[1] Many denominations are attributed to this anomaly: partial anodontia, hypodontia, oligodontia, the congenital absence, anodontia, bilateral aplasia. Anodontia being the term used in controlled vocabulary Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) from MEDLINE which was developed by the United States National Library of Medicine. The congenital absence of at least one permanent tooth is the most common dental anomaly and may contribute to masticator dysfunction, speech impairment, aesthetic problems, and malocclusion (Shapiro and Farrington 1983). Absence of lateral incisors represents a major stereotype. Individuals with this condition are perceived as socially most aggressive compared with people without anodontia (Shaw 1981).[2]
     
  6. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member





    Daisy, I agree with you that it is really strange that a woman her age had no teeth. It had to be because of illness, accident, or genetics. Even people with bad dental care still have some teeth at her age. Where was the manufacturer's number on her upper dentures? Why were there no lower dentures?
     
  7. FlandersFields

    FlandersFields Well-Known Member

    This is great news! So happy to know that there are many clues and leads to Sahara Sue in a short about of time since it was put up on the internet. RIP child.
     
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  8. FlandersFields

    FlandersFields Well-Known Member

    That is a mystery in itself in why she didn't have natural teeth at her young age. The report says that dentures were recently made for her before her demise. Hope that the dentist who attended Sahara Sue sees this article. I would think that a dentist would remember having a young patient receiving dentures at their practice. It would not be their typical patient.
     
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  9. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member



    The problem is that she died in 1979. A recent study of isotopes from her remains has indicated that she could have come to Las Vegas from California. Was the dentist in California or Nevada? Nobody has seemed interested in claiming her for 37 years.
     
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  10. DaisyChains

    DaisyChains Bronze Member

    I need to do my research again, but from memory I think the denture traced back to being produced in Idaho or Iowa? Some state with an I. I can't even remember where I sourced that info so take it with a grain of salt. I don't think it would matter much as many dentures are produced out of state and sent the dentist once they are ordered.
     
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  11. DaisyChains

    DaisyChains Bronze Member

    Thank you FlandersFields. Im not 100% sure the lead was a result of someone seeing her info on the facebook page I made, but in my little fantasy world my page is what helped. lol. It could have been for a number of reasons that they called her in, but I do find it funny the lead came in within months of me making that facebook page for her.

    at any rate I REALLY REALLY want this VICTIM of a cold and callous MURDER to have her name back and JUSTICE. <3
     
  12. DaisyChains

    DaisyChains Bronze Member

    Sandra, not Shauna. Looks older than victim. Interesting her teeth were all gone. Utah is near NV. Hm. She's probably on the rule outs... I'll recheck

    Sandra Haymes Matott

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    • Missing Since: 7/10/1979
    • DOB: 6/27/1942
    • Age: 37 at time missing
    • Height: 5'4"
    • Weight: 114
    • Hair: Black
    • Eyes: Hazel
    • Race: White
    • Identifying Features: Scar on her chest to her back from lung surgery. Fractured right leg when she was young. Upper and lower dentures she did not have at time missing.
    Contact Salt Lake City Police (801) 799-3454.

    Sandra went missing on 7/10/1979. She was last seen wearing a white top, green slacks and white shoes. She was wearing a ring with a turquoise colored stone.

    Help find this person. Share through your social media network:
     
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  13. FlandersFields

    FlandersFields Well-Known Member

    Will share! BTW- from word of mouth from the people that I know who live in Vegas, a lot of people from Utah do relocate to there for some reason.
     
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  14. Canucklady

    Canucklady Well-Known Member

    This woman was 37 when she went missing in 1979 , that's probably out of the range for this lovely girl isn't it?
     
  15. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Now I'm wondering if she's on the rule outs. I would have to sign up again because right now my password has expired.
     
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  16. KareBear

    KareBear Well-Known Member

    It is unfortunate.. this typically indicates drug use or poverty.. especially at such a young age!! I wonder if they found anything notable in her toxicology report..o_O
     
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  17. KareBear

    KareBear Well-Known Member

    I worked in the dental field for some time, as a dental assistant. If my recollection serves me right, the lab that we used to fabricate the dentures did not put any unique identifiers on the dentures. They simply came in a box labeled with the patients name. They should make it standard to put identification on dentures..
     
  18. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    That's interesting information! And I agree with you.
     
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