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    Mammoth Lakes, CA

    On May 25, 2003, a hiker near The Shady Rest campground in Mammoth Lakes National Forest, Mammoth Lakes, California, discovered a shallow grave with skeletal remains scattered around the area. Investigators estimate that the victim had been dead for 6 to 9 months. Forensic examination of these remains revealed two penetrations that were concluded to be consistent with knife wounds. The victim’s information has been entered into NCIC and the ViCAP national database.

    A few days after the skeletal remains were found; a witness recalled a very short Asian female came to the Mammoth Lakes Visitor Center with her husband in the fall of 2002. This female told an employee that her husband treated her poorly and she was afraid of him. The husband asked about campsite rules and stay limits. The husband is described as a white male, heavyset, 5 feet 9 inches tall, approximately 175 – 200 pounds, with brown hair, who was abrasive and mean-spirited.

    Age: 30 to 40 years old Hair: Black - longer than shoulder length
    Height: 4'6" to 4'8" tall
    Weight: 80 to 90 pounds Sex: Female
    Race: Native American