LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – Las Vegas Metropolitan police have identified a murder victim who went unidentified for more than three decades.

A biologist found a woman’s body in a desert area near Tropicana Avenue and Durango Drive in April, 1993. It was reportedly discovered wrapped in a handmade quilt and partially buried, with several large rocks piled on top of it. The scientist called the police after smelling decomposition and recognizing human hair.

The Clark County Coroner determined that the remains belonged to a woman who had been killed sometime in mid-to-late 1991. At that time, all attempts at identifying her failed, and she was dubbed “Jane Tropicana Doe.”

The case was eventually transferred to the LVMPD Homicide Cold Case Section, which sent the remains out for forensic genetic genealogical investigation last February. With the help of the FBI and the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NAMUS), detectives were able to identify and contact possible family members, who provided their DNA for comparison.

In December 2023, detectives finally learned the victim’s name. Jane Tropicana Doe was identified as Linda Sue Anderson, aka Andrews. Her family says she was 38 years old at the time of her death and had been living in Henderson. They told police that the last time they heard from her was in June 1991.

Cold case detectives are now looking for additional information about this case. If you know anything about Linda Sue Anderson, you’re urged to contact the Homicide Section at 702-828-3521, or by email at [email protected].

You can also remain anonymous by contacting Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.


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