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Las Vegas police get new lead in 37-year-old cold case

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A photo of Jane Sahara Doe. (SOURCE: LVMPD) A photo of Jane Sahara Doe. (SOURCE: LVMPD)
A photo of Jane Sahara Doe's blouse she was wearing when police found her body on Aug. 14, 1979. (SOURCE: LVMPD) A photo of Jane Sahara Doe's blouse she was wearing when police found her body on Aug. 14, 1979. (SOURCE: LVMPD)
A photo of Jane Sahara Doe's pendants. (SOURCE: LVMPD) A photo of Jane Sahara Doe's pendants. (SOURCE: LVMPD)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has a new lead in a cold case from 1979 and is asking for the public's assistance in identifying a body.

Las Vegas police said the body of a girl was found in a vacant parking lot on Aug. 14, 1979, at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and West Sahara Avenue.

Las Vegas police named her "Jane Sahara Doe".

New information emerged as police received details on pollen grains taken from her clothing, the report said.

Police said the Jane Doe may have spent time in Napa Valley or in the central valley areas of California before she came to Las Vegas. She may have lived in a trailer park community near East Lake Mead Boulevard and possibly have worked at the Holiday Inn or a motel on Las Vegas Boulevard.

Police said her name may have been Shauna or Shawna.

Jane Sahara Doe was possibly between the ages of 16 and 21 years old, the report said. She was 5' 6" tall and weighed about 100 pounds. Doe had brown hair and eyes.

Police said she was wearing an upper denture and her lower partial denture was missing when her body was found. Her hands and feet were manicured and painted in red polish.

The report said she was wearing blue jeans, a green blouse with red sequins in the front and back area, and several pieces of jewelry.

She was wearing two white gold necklaces, one of which had a small silver cut-out leaf pendant with a small turquoise stone. The other necklace was a white gold chain with a plastic heart pendent. Police said she was also wearing a plain white gold ring on her index finger. 

If you have any information that may lead to the identity of Jane Sahara Doe, call 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) or the Clark County Coroner's Office at 702-455-3210 or Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department at 702-828-3111.

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