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Police in Nevada ID girl from New Mexico found dead in 1980

Nevada Cold Case
Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP
A photograph of 17-year-old Tammy Corrine Terrell from Roswell, N.M., is displayed during a press conference where Henderson police gave details about a 1980 cold case homicide during a press conference at Henderson, Nev., City Hall, on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021. Police announced Thursday that DNA was used to positively identify the young woman was only known as Jane "Arroyo Grande" Doe as a Terrell.

Police in southern Nevada say they've identified a 17-year-old New Mexico girl as the victim of a killing 41 years ago.

They call her case now an active murder investigation. Henderson police say the teen, Tammy Terrell, was last seen with a man and a woman at a restaurant after a state fair in Roswell, New Mexico, in September 1980.

Her body was found one week later in a desert area outside Las Vegas.

Reports said she was stabbed and beaten to death, possibly with a hammer. With her name unknown, she was dubbed “Arroyo Grande Jane Doe,” after the place where she was found.