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CA VACAVILLE JANE DOE: W/NF, 25-35, found in Vacaville, CA - 26 April 1991 *Cynthia Merkley*

Discussion in 'Identified!' started by Romulus, Aug 11, 2018.

  1. Romulus

    Romulus In the earth of missing person

    63UFCA - Unidentified Female
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    Date of Discovery: April 26, 1991
    Location of Discovery: Vacaville, Solano County, California
    Estimated Date of Death: 2-4 weeks prior
    State of Remains: Not recognizable - Decomposing/putrefaction
    Cause of Death: Homicide

    Physical Description
    Estimated Age: 25-35 years old
    Race: White with Native American admixture
    Gender: Female
    Height: 5'5" to 5'6"
    Weight: Unknown
    Hair Color: Brown/blonde tones, wavy and twelve inches in length.
    Eye Color: Unknown
    Distinguishing Marks/Features: She had a prominent nose and pointed chin. There were skull fractures but those happened several months before the death. Unshaven legs. Possibly had given birth.

    Dentals: Available. 5 missing teeth; two antemortem(#1 and #6), three missing postmortem, tooth #8 chipped, multiple fillings.
    Fingerprints: Unknown (sources differ).
    DNA: Available.

    Clothing & Personal Items
    Clothing: She was wearing a Warren Z long-sleeved, dark-colored tunic-style dress and a long-sleeved, light-colored wool sweater with brown buttons over the dress and a matching wool cap. She was also wearing a blue tank top and a camisole underneath the dress.
    Jewelry: The victim wore a Timex watch with a silver face and a black wristband, as well as a silver-colored adjustable ring with a green-colored stone in the center. The ring was worn on her left pinkie finger.
    Additional Personal Items: Unknown

    Circumstances of Discovery
    In April of 1991 this female was found in a supine position in a field during the construction of the Factory Outlet stores in Vacaville, California. Her cause of death remains "undetermined" but her case has always been handled as a homicide, as she may have been asphyxiated or strangled.

    The victim's dress was pushed up to her waist and no undergarments were found, indicating a possibility of sexual assault.

    Police exhumed the body in December 1998 and enlisted Sunnyvale police Detective Kevin Richlin, an expert in rebuilding facial features from the skulls of the dead, to create a model police hope someone would recognize.

    Investigating Agency(s)
    Agency Name: Solano County Sheriff Coroner
    Agency Contact Person: N/A
    Agency Phone Number: 707-784-7500
    Agency E-Mail: N/A
    Agency Case Number: 491-568-CCI-123

    Agency Name: Vacaville Police Department
    Agency Contact Person: N/A
    Agency Phone Number: 707-449-5236
    Agency E-Mail: N/A
    Agency Case Number: 91-3456

    NCIC Case Number: U639842296
    NamUs Case Number: 14789

    Information Source(s)
    Vacaville Police Department
    The Reporter

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  2. The Coffeenator

    The Coffeenator Fluent in crapanese

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  3. Redrover

    Redrover Well-Known Member

    Great news!
  4. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

  5. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member


    VACAVILLE, Calif. (KCRA) —

    A woman whose body was found during construction of an outlet mall in 1991 has been identified 28 years after her death, Vacaville police said.

    Contractors were grading an open field off Nut Tree Road and Burton Drive during construction of the Premium Outlets in April 1991 when they found the body, police said.

    Vacaville officers and detectives determined the woman had been dead for two to three weeks. There were no obvious signs of foul play or trauma, and authorities weren't sure who she was or how she died.

    The coroner's office was unable to identify her, so her death was classified as a "Jane Doe" investigation.

    In 1998, her body was exhumed and facial reconstruction was done to try to identify her. That led to an artist's sketch and a reconstruction model, which was sent to the public in hopes of soliciting tips.

    Vacaville police said the department received leads, but was unable to identify the woman until the end of 2018.
    Then, the Cal-DOJ Missing Persons Unit contacted detectives and said it had identified the woman using fingerprint technology. She's been identified as Cynthia Merkley, also known as Cynthia Bilardi.

    Merkley wasn't reported as a missing person at the time of her death, police said. She was 38 years old when she died and had been estranged from her family for several years.

    Detectives are asking for anyone who knew Merkley at the time of her death to come forward and provide information.

    "Even after 28 years, detectives never gave up hope that our only “Jane Doe” case would one day be identified. Our hope is that this post will generate new leads for Detectives to look into, to help determine what happened to Cynthia that fateful night back in 1991 that led to her untimely death," Vacaville police wrote in a Facebook post.

    Anyone with information about Merkley or her death is asked to call Detective Andy Polik at 707-469-4814.

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  6. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    Wow! She finally got her name back. So sad no-one was looking for Her. "Rest in peace" Cynthia. :praying: I hope you receive justice!!!
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  7. ima.grandma

    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    I posted this elsewhere but have found you Cynthia. RIP

    After 28 years, “Jane Doe” has a real name.

    The Vacaville Police Department announced the news on its Facebook page that a woman found dead in Vacaville has finally been identified as Cynthia Merkley, also known as Cynthia Bilardi.

    Detectives contacted her family and learned that Cynthia was 38 when she died and had lived between Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa. She had been estranged from her family for several years before she died.
    In December 1998, Vacaville police detectives and the Solano County Coroner’s Office exhumed the woman’s body and had a facial reconstruction performed by law enforcement expert Kevin Richlin, a detective with the Sunnyvale Police Department. The reconstruction model as well as an artist’s sketch rendering were sent out publicly to see if anyone recognized her.Detectives determined the body was that of a white female adult and that she had been dead for two to three weeks but were unable to identify her. No obvious signs of foul play or trauma were uncovered, and the cause of death was undetermined leading to a “Jane Doe” death investigation.

    At the end of 2018, detectives were contacted by the state DOJ’s Missing Persons Unit, which said they was able to identify the Jane Doe as Cynthia Merkley, who apparently had also gone by the name Cynthia Bilardi.
    More at link
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