The “Salsa Queen” Murder
On Halloween night, 2009, 38-year-old Washington DC restauranteur, Nori Amaya, heads out to go salsa dancing at her favorite clubs with her best friends. Nori is unmatched on the dance floor, and her extraordinary dance style has earned her the nickname “The Salsa Queen.” That night, however, Nori mysteriously leaves the dance club in tears and heads home. Security cameras capture Nori returning to her apartment complex around 2AM. And that is the last time she is seen alive. When Nori doesn’t show up for work at her brother Carlos’s restaurant two days in a row, Carlos and his sister, Liz, go to Nori’s apartment to check on her. To their horror, they find Nori dead in her bed — she has been strangled to death. The killer has left no murder weapon or fingerprints, but police find unidentified male DNA on Nori’s body—the only clue to this brutal crime. Investigators painstakingly review footage from the security cameras in Nori’s apartment building, certain they’ll be able to identify a suspect. However, almost everyone who crossed the cameras is wearing a Halloween mask or costume. Investigators interview Nori’s friends and dance partners and gather DNA samples from all her male friends, including her ex-boyfriend, but they do not find a match. Today, investigators and Nori’s family hope someone will come forward with a lead in this case. Who murdered Nori Amaya and why?
A $25,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of Nori Amaya’s killer. If you have any information about this case, please contact the Metropolitan Homicide Department at 202-645-9600, or submit a tip at unsolved.com.SUBMIT A TIP