Update: The Girl with the “S” Tattoo
On October 8th, 1980, the body of a young girl is discovered on the side of a small dirt road in Henderson, Nevada. She has been stabbed, raped, and bludgeoned to death. Her body has been completely stripped, cleaned, and positioned eerily, face-down in the dirt. Aside from the “S” tattoo on her arm, investigators have no other clue to her identity, or the identity of her killer. First responding detective, John Williams, names the young girl “Jane Arroyo Grande Doe,” and ultimately devotes the next 40 years of his career to identifying “Janie.” But he retires with the case still unsolved. In 2021, cold case detective Joseph Ebert, now assigned to the case, and a team of genetic genealogists, use advanced DNA technology to finally identify this young girl. “Jane Arroyo Grande Doe” is Tammy Tarrell, a young runaway from Artesia, New Mexico, and her sister has been missing her for 40 years. Now, armed with Tammy’s true identity, Ebert is determined to solve the second half of this mystery—who killed Tammy Tarrell?
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