A mother searches for her daughter who may be suffering from drug-induced delusions.
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:
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:
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 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:
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:
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:
Star lived with her grandmother and called her mother every week. Gail Palumbo says
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:
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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Her skeletal remains were found in San Diego, California. It was on the update for the show. It was confirmed by dental records. It is now an unsolved murder.
I just saw that episode. That was Holly Krewson, a different case. Star wasn’t found.
Why would somebody want to Kidnap this Young women Starr Palumbo and to have their way with Her They Need to Let her go so she could go home
The same Linda Fields is now living in McDermitt, NV. She got out of prison on a technicality after I believe 8 years. Those 8 years she spent educating herself in law. She is currently remarried and goes by the name Linda Walker Albisu. Her new husband is as crazy as she is and since she moved here, her husband’s dad shot himself, and his supposably drove herself off a steep hill. Both are dead. Instead of coming to the community and begin neighborly, Linda and Ty are community nightmares. They shoot dogs, steal cattle, cut fences, and spread lies to get the community riled up. The rumor is that her current husband is the next on her hit list. Then she will own everything, then she can sell and move on to her next victim. With both of her in-laws dead, she has a lot to gain. She seems to find loop hole in the law. It’s a bit fishy the this corrupt women was the last to see her????
Pretty Young Female, suddenly inexplicably goes missing and never seen again. Sadly thats a story that usually doesnt end well
Christopher why do you think Star is in prison? Also, which one is she?
I’m extremely confused about this so called drug connection they seem decided on, just watched this on rerun in the UK. Having just come out of relationship with someone with a life destroying drug habit they dont have cell phones for long because they sell them, they cant hold down a job and the moment any penny comes in its straight back out on drugs so this girl would never have left $600 in her car! Something clearly happened here but the reasons they give dont seem plausible to me.
How you find the names of the actors and actress who play the people
In the ending credits
Monica: It always makes me laugh when someone tells someone else to “use spellcheck” but then they make errors in their own writing. It is not “more clearer.” It is “more clearly” or “be more clear.” See, now you know that everyone makes mistakes, even you. Stop being so critical. Maybe the psychic has dyslexia or a number of other conditions that make them bad at spelling. Or maybe English isn’t their first language.
DISREGARD my last comment bc clearly thats not STAR on that prison website. the girl’s name is kelly, she does look like star but im sure theyd have her REAL name if she were in jail, smh
BRO! I think she is in prison as well. Come on Um just take her off the page if you dont wanna tell us bc that looks EXACTLY like Star on that prison pals website.. Someone said that she was questioned at work by officers a few times then her and her friend angel vanished. Yea, I bet. Well, im gonna dig and I truly hope this is her. Prison would be bad but death would be much worse Im sure..
I live in Elko NV. Born and Raised. I cannot get past the portion of the investigation where she might have been spotted in Elko 8 months after she was last seen.
A woman named Linda Fields who owned a local bar here in town claimed to have met and talked to her. Apparently Star had volunteered her name and the fact that she was scared of a pimp who was trying to kill her. Star ended up leaving the bar, with another female, the statement said after she noticed a man looking in the bar windows.
I have lost sleep over this case in just two days. I started poking around and looking into this Linda Fields…… She, years later was charged with the murder of her ranch hand, and a few months after that her husband Vern Fields was charged as well.
Mrs. Fields, was also in another case before the case she was charged with.
Call me crazy, but what if Linda and Vern Fields had something to do with Star’s Disappearance… There have been no sightings since…. and Linda and Vern don’t have a very good track history. Check out the links below regarding Linda and Vern Fields.
The following link is to our Local newspaper-and there are other links in this article to view as well;
Why didn’t her mum tell her to go somewhere safe whilst she jumps on a plane and go an get her? Too many missed chances to help this poor young lady,I’m praying for u star
You guy’s are correct you would think cctv would be able to capture her whereabouts
Very strange their is no images of star nowhere maybe the Government was after her why I don’t know.
She was probably schizophrenic.
I live in ceres, ca and volunteer at the homeless shelter in my area. I thought I saw her in line to eat.
I Get She is Still alive, in a basement of a huge house, changed up, she also, can hear the air Plaines, a big rectangle was blue, was green now white shingled House, near the Airport, up on a hill.
Does that psychic live in Reno? Because there are these new triangles that are built on to the hwy and at night they change colors. I think between the Neil and moanna exit . Weird coincidence maybe. Also the picture she drew to me seems like maybe she doesn’t want to cry anymore but she feels like she is trapped? And yeah who is Angel?
that psychic needs to be more clearer and use spell check..
I also wonder if anyone followed up on the post about her being chained up near an airport was that post made by a psychic or someone who may have credible information?
Eric thinks he’s a psychic and posts his unintelligible ramblings on almost every case on this site!! Nothing but a troll
and a troll that cant spell. smh ppl are really bored and lame to do this crap,,,
My biggest problem is the story about the government being after her. Why would they want this pretty young woman who as far as I know didn’t work for the government? My uncle had said similar things but he has a lot of problems and has no reason to fear them coming after him. The ONLY thing that I can think of in her case is maybe a man she solicited died in her company and he had something to do with the Fed’s. I hope she is found and is okay poor thing. Btw what about the gentleman on here who seems to think she is in a place where she can hear airplanes? Did anybody ask him why he thinks that?
She was on meth. I don’t think the feds were really after her.
She is most likely schizophrenic if she truly believes the government is after her. The person talking about airplanes is not credible and is making things up.
Star I pray for your safe return my friend. I posted pics of all of us on your Facebook page. if you are in hiding, please remember that we all love you
Pimps throw girls away all the time ..they are very Cold blooded did they at least check that lead out…..take that lead serious
I have not gotten any update as to if the contact info I submitted was actually investigated tor followed up on at all. It would be good to know someone followed up even if it wasn’t the same Star Palumbo.
Hi Matthew – we sent the information on to the law enforcement agency working on Star’s case on April 28, 2016.
I sent the number and town location I found into Unsolved’s staff and they let me know they passed it on to law enforcement working the case.
I hope it’s her.
I just saw the rerun of Star Palumbo’s Unsolved Mysteries case.
I did a few records searches on one of the small records sites has a phone number listed for “Star Palumbo” in the midwest. That page was last updated in 2016.
I did not call it, because I am not a trained professional or legal officer.
Is anyone still working this case on here? I hesitate to post the number here, because I suppose there could be another Star Palumbo, though it’s certainly not a common name.
Please post here to let me know. I saved the number I found.
I suspect that she’s met with foul play but I hope that’s not the case. Her mother deserves some answers,
My husband watched a rerun of her story today. He remembers talking to someone with her Stsr. She attended church in Brookhaven, MS. He remembers she would only go by star and only by star.
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Thought I seen her in bayside queens NY today actually. On the q31 going to Jamaica can’t be to sure but I remember her because I thought she was really pretty and nice she had a travelers energy.
Thank you Jackie – we have passed the information on to the investigators on the case.
Dang Star where are you?? I pray everyday since I found out your missing… I think of you all the time.. My childhood friend EAFB days we went to AJH together.
I also knew Star in high school at ASH. The reports are heartbreaking!!!
I went to school at Alexandria Senior High with her in 1990. My daughter is named after her, but in Spanish-Estrella. She is the only person I know with the name Star and was the sweetest girl. I was new in school and she took me in 🙂 I just found out she was missing and pray for her safety. Her Dad looks so familiar too, was he a teacher?
i meet a girl in las vegas that resembled her she ran around with us dranking going arund freemont street she was homeless she said but didnt dress homeless she told us she wanted to get out of vegas and wanted to come back to tenn with us we told her we flew there and didnt drive we offered to by her a ticket but she said she cant fly she had no i d every time i went back to vegas i would see if she was there but never seen her any more i dont remember the exact year we went but ill ask the rest of the guys and see what year and see if anyone had took pics of her
I know her family was military and I think they may have lived in Tennessee? In Tucson az we hung out and she loved to drink and party that may have been her?
Just saw this and realized that star was in my six grade class. Very sad
Re: 2/25/15 0935 post. Interesting about Angel… had not heard that B4. Was Angel her roommate and did Angel have a brother that ran w/them? I would like to discuss another couple of points. If we could find a way to be in contact. I have questions about a guy named Preacher or Priest!
Star was not a cashier at the pawn shop. She was a jewelry sales person and did very well (better than average), but not enough for buying drugs if that is what she was doing. Just before she disappeared she had what she called a very important date at the El Dorado. She wanted to look really nice and she asked to borrow a full length mink coat from the store, which she did return. Something happened on that date that really freaked her out and she said that her date had died. We heard from other sources that there was a death there and it was being investigated. The police came into the store and talked to her a couple of times. Then, all of a sudden, Star and her friend Angel both disappeared.
Just wondering was she ever found?
You know a lot about Star. Did you ever come forth with this story?
I love these programs but I can’t get with all the technology and what nowadays nothing still can be done for her where abouts
Unless her “pimp” killed her (according to the episode, ).Technology can’t solve everything. I like the original version of this series with Robert Stack and creepy music. Scared me as a kid.
I just watched this on sky tv CBS reality in the uk. I thought with all the CCTV these days,would be easy if she was still alive no?
No in the U.S. Unsolved Mysteries is mostly viewed by the elderly. I love the show myself & I’m 27 but most people in my age range and younger watch horrible shows about 16 yr olds pregnant or other reality tv shows where mildly attractive people get drunk have sex & or fight
thats why these cases need to be all over the news and not some television show that most Americans are terrified to watch lol
USA is antiquated and backwards no cctv especially you’d think in casino towns. But No
I think she might be in prison.. http://www.femaleprisonpals.com/browse-female-prison-penpals/
now you KNOW thats not her rolmbooo Looks like her but idk maybe the NAME is a dead give away smh