[UPDATED] Four Decades After Woman Was Found Dead In a Ditch, the Huntington Beach Police Department Turns to Facebook and Twitter to Help Identify Her
On Tuesday, the HBPD posted to Facebook a composite drawing of a woman whom in 1968, was found face down in a drainage ditch at Newland Street and Yorktown Avenue. She had been beaten and sexually assaulted, and her throat had been slashed. The victim was never identified.
In the hours after the photos were posted on Facebook, leads emerged.
Facebook user Stephanie Rohrbach wrote: "The picture of the 2 boys are my grandpa and his brother! I'm not really sure who this woman could be but I would definitely like to know! I'm originally from the Los Angeles/ Orange County area and so is my grandfather...."
Reinhart said the department received numerous Facebook messages, tweets and phone calls from residents who recognized those in the photographs. Though after speaking with them, detectives became confident that purse and the photos it contained did not belong to the victim.
The search is still on for Jane Doe. Anyone who may know her identity is asked to call Detective Mike Reilly of the Huntington Beach Police Department Robbery/Homicide Unit at (714) 536-5940.
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in Orange County, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.