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Episode #123: Karen Heverly - Murdered (1979)

The body of a Caucasian female was found by a worker in a vineyard in Rancho Cucamonga, California on June 7, 1979. The next day, the San Bernardino sheriff's office began circulating the details about the discovery through the media, citing her age as between 18 and 30 years. She was dubbed the Rancho Cucamonga Jane Doe. In April 2024, she was finally identified as 17-year-old Karen Heverly, a runaway from Jersey Shore, PA. How did a PA teen make it to California and what happened that ended with her death?




Karen Heverly

Birth: 01/27/1962 – Death: Body found 06/07/1979

Ethnicity:   Caucasian        Sex: Female

Hometown: Jersey Shore, PA – County


Crime Scene: Body found in vineyard in Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Last Known Location Alive: Left home in May

Injury Description: Stabbed and beaten, left naked except for shoes and socks

Suspect Description: Unknown, theories on Reddit suggest a possible connection to Richard Ramirez


Anyone with information should contact the San Bernardino Sherriff's Office at (909) 884-0156



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