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NV STAR PALUMBO: Missing from Reno, NV - 26 April 2000 - Age 25

Discussion in 'Missing 2000 to 2009' started by Scorpio, Sep 8, 2016.

  1. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member

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    • Missing Since: April 26, 2000 from Reno, Nevada
    • Classification: Endangered Missing
    • Date Of Birth: March 29, 1975
    • Age: 25 years old
    • Height and Weight: 5'4, 115 pounds
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Palumbo has a birthmark on the right side of her neck. Her ears are triple-pierced.
    • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A black leather jacket, a tank top, jeans and boots.
    • Medical Conditions: Palumbo reportedly developed a drug addiction prior to her 2000 disappearance. She may have been disoriented at the time she vanished.
     
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  2. Scorpio

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    http://charleyproject.org/case/star-michelle-palumbo

    Details of Disappearance

    Palumbo resided in Tucson, Arizona with her family until 1999. She relocated to Reno, Nevada to live with her grandmother at that time. Palumbo was employed as a clerk in a pawn shop in 2000. She apparently became involved with drugs, namely methamphetamine, prior to her disappearance. According to her friends, Palumbo's income from her job in a local pawn shop no longer supported her drug usage. Authorities believe she may have turned to prostitution in early 2000 as a means of financial gain.
    Palumbo called her mother on April 25, 2000 and was paranoid during the conversation. Her mother said that Palumbo believed she was being followed and that her telephone was tapped. Palumbo's mother also said that her daughter mentioned the possibility of moving back to Arizona soon and wanted to make a new life for herself.

    An officer at Reno/Tahoe International Airport discovered Palumbo in a restricted area of the facility shortly after 12:00 a.m. on April 26, 2000. Palumbo told the officer that she was searching for her sister, who she claimed had run out on to the tarmac. The officer stated that he believed Palumbo was hallucinating at the time. He did not believe her story, but he dropped Palumbo off at the entrance to the Reno Hilton Hotel and Casino at approximately 1:30 a.m. Palumbo was last seen near the entrance of the building by the valet parking area. She never checked in to the hotel and has not been heard from again.

    Palumbo's vehicle was discovered illegally parked and abandoned at the airport on April 27, one day after her disappearance. The majority of her personal belongings were found inside the car, along with her cellular phone and her purse, which contained $600 in cash. Palumbo left behind three e-mails addressed to the White House, stating she believed the federal government was attempting to murder her. A drawing of a woman fitting Palumbo's description was also discovered in the vehicle, which depicted the female bound and gagged. Two books that specialized in changing identities were also found inside Palumbo's car.

    The owner of the Silver Dollar Casino in Elko, Nevada claimed that Palumbo was inside her establishment in December 2000, eight months after Palumbo disappeared. The owner told authorities that the woman became nervous when she saw a man peering through the bar's window during the evening. According to the owner, the woman then departed from the Silver Dollar Casino with another female. Authorities have been unable to confirm if the unidentified woman in the establishment was indeed Palumbo. Foul play is suspected in her case.


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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Reno Police Department
    775-334-2155

    OR
    Secret Witness
    775-322-4900


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  3. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member

    http://unsolved.com/archives/star-palumbo

    Star Palumbo



    A mother searches for her daughter who may be suffering from drug-induced delusions.


    CASE DETAILS


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    Star left behind all her possessions


    In the early morning of April 26, 2000, a young woman was spotted wandering in a restricted area of the Reno, Nevada, airport. She appeared disoriented and frightened. When an airport police officer was called in, he found her hiding behind a truck.

    She said her name was Star Palumbo, and she claimed she was trying to find her younger sister, who was running loose on the tarmac. The airport police officer felt that Star's story might not be true. But, according to Barry DeBoor of the Reno/Tahoe Airport Police, the officer also believed that she had no criminal reason for being out on the runway:

    “He had no idea why she was out there. She could give no logical explanation. But instead of arresting her, he decided to release her.”

    Star was dropped off near a hotel. The next day, an illegally parked car was discovered at the airport. Barry DeBoor ran a check on the license plate:

    “The registered owner came back to Star Palumbo. It appeared to be loaded with all her personal possessions.”

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    Drawing found in Star’s car


    In the car were Star's cell phone, her purse, and $600 in cash. But other items caused more concern. There were copies of three e-mails sent to the White House. It seemed Star felt the government was trying to murder her. Police also found a morbid drawing that depicts a woman bound and gagged. And finally, they found two books on how to change one’s identity. According to Reno Police Detective David Jenkins, Star never showed up to claim her car:

    “There are two very likely possibilities. The first is that she is suffering from some type of either organically caused or drug-induced psychosis and is a sick woman and doesn't know who or where she is. And the second possibility is that she's been the victim of a serious crime and has either been murdered or she can't contact her friends and family.”

    There was a time when Star Palumbo was once full of hope and promise. But authorities believe that she fell into a world of dangerous and addictive drugs that threatened to end her life. Star’s mother, Gail, is convinced Star is alive and may one day come home:

    Star lived a very happy childhood. She's very dependable and she's a very trusting person. She's a very happy person, sociable person, and I guess she trusted people too much.”

    One year before she disappeared, Star left her home in Arizona and moved to Reno. It was here, Det. Jenkins believes, that her life took a tragic turn:

    “In this particular case, Star seems to have fallen in with a very bad crowd and had been involved with methamphetamine at a level that could only be disastrous.”

    Star worked as a cashier at a pawnshop, but according to her friends, her drug habit cost more than she made. Det. Jenkins said police believe she began to look for other ways to make money:

    “There is an indication that Star had been dabbling in prostitution. In her phone books, there were references to a number of men. We really don't have a good feeling for the extent of the relationships with a number of those men. However, certainly, prostitution is a high-risk occupation and one of the factors that causes us concern about what has befallen Star.”

    Star lived with her grandmother and called her mother every week. Gail Palumbo says
    in her final phone call, Star sounded anxious and paranoid:

    She said that she felt somebody was following her and when she talked on the phone, she thought maybe the phones were tapped and somebody was listening. And she mentioned how something was going on and she was afraid for her life. And she wouldn't discuss it any more than that.”

    According to her mother, Star wanted to turn her life around. She talked about flying home to Tucson and starting over. But Gail Palumbo has not heard from her daughter since that call.

    Star’s parents began a massive search. Star’s picture was posted throughout the state of Nevada. Det. Jenkins spoke to a casino owner, Linda Fields, who claimed to have seen Star in her Elko, Nevada, casino in December 2000, eight months after she disappeared:

    “Miss Fields described seeing a young woman who had come into the bar one evening, had looked frightened, was alone, and that the young woman had volunteered to her that her name was Star and that she was being chased or was trying to escape from a pimp.”

    Linda says that Star became extremely upset when she saw a man looking at her through the bar window. Star quickly left with another young woman. There have been no additional sightings.

    The disappearance of Star Palumbo is still an open investigation.
     
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  4. Scorpio

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    The officer who picked up Star from the airport dropped her off at the entrance of the Reno Hilton Hotel and Casino at approximately 1:30 a.m.
     
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    http://www.reno.gov/government/departments/police/divisions-units/crimes-criminals/missing-persons
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    Star Palumbo

    Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

    Missing Since: April 26, 2000
    Classification: Missing Adult- Suspicious
    Date Of Birth: March 3, 1975
    Age: 35 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'4 125lbs
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Brown hair-long, brown eyes
    RPD Case #: 00-176028

    Details of Disappearance

    Star Palumbo was last seen entering the Reno Hilton on April 26, 2000 at 0130 hours. Her vehicle, which contained all of her personal belongings, was later found abandoned at Reno/Tahoe International Airport. Star has a history of drug abuse and was behaving paranoid prior to her disappearance. If you have any information on Star Palumbo, please contact the Reno Police Department.
     
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  9. spike

    spike Bronze Member

    Sounds as though she has drug-induced schizophrenia.
    Had a dear friend in high school who dropped acid which triggered schizophrenia. I am not certain if these victims would have had this were it not for the drugs triggering the onset.

    What a tragic story.
     
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