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    NM - Gallup, WhtFem 489UFNM, Dec'75 - Candace Starr

    http://www.gallupindependent.com/200...06ccfiles.html

    By Leslie Wood
    Staff Writer

    GALLUP Police are seeking information from the public concerning a pair of cold cases that have left investigators with few answers.

    The first case involves the Dec. 14, 1975, death of a young woman whose identity has never been determined.

    Erin Toadlena-Pablo, a spokeswoman for the Gallup Police Department, said the woman, who was estimated to be between the ages 18 and 24, was shot in the head at close range by a male acquaintance at the former Thriftway gas station located at 1205 E. Hwy. 66. The station has since been torn down and replaced with a Baskin Robbin's.

    Witnesses said the pair arrived at the station in a green van with the license plate 05834. However, observers did not know what state the plate was issued from. Once at the station, the pair began to argue. The woman entered the store, used the station's restroom and then went outside to the parking lot. The man then pulled the woman's arm to prevent her from re-entering the gas station.

    According to witnesses, the woman came inside, placed a gun on the store's counter and told the man she was " ... not going to take this anymore."

    The man then picked up the gun and fired a shot at the store clerk. But the clerk was able to dodge the bullet. Meanwhile, the woman hid behind the store's counter.

    The man then reached over the counter, pulled the woman up by her hair and shot her to death in the head as bystanders watched in disbelief.

    The woman is described as Caucasian, about 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighed between 100 and 110 pounds. She was wearing an army green jacket, orange pants and army field boots that were two sizes too big. Her hair was shoulder length and light brown and her eyes were hazel green in color. Two of her toes are also webbed together.

    The suspect is described as Hispanic or Puerto Rican, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and as weighing about 150 pounds. Witnesses said his hair was black and "kinky."

    Reyes said he is in the process of comparing Gallup's case to missing persons reports in Texas to determine the woman's identity. She was buried as "Jane Doe" at a local cemetery.

    The case was submitted to "America's Most Wanted" in 2000, but was later declined because the fugitive's identity was not known. In these types of situations, Toadlena-Pablo said it is typical for the assailant to run from the scene. However, the man looked at all the witnesses, then slowly walked to the van and drove from the gas station at a low rate of speed. More than 20 years have passed since the woman's death, and police have yet to make an arrest in connection with the killing. Investigators have recently re-opened the case and want to interview the multiple witnesses who were at the gas station on Dec. 14.

    Anyone with information about the incident, is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 722-6161 or Detective Juan Reyes at 863-9365.

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    Note: I did not find a Doe Network page for this woman
    Last edited by Cubby; 01-06-2011 at 05:20 AM.

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    Why wasn't the license plate run for each neighboring state? Worst case scenario, 50 searches results in at least 1 hit.

    Gallup now is such a depressed area. If it was anything then like it is now, its very likely she was poor and alone - her "aquaintance" may have been her only company. Plus, Gallup is right outside the Navajo nation's major reservation, so its possible that although she was "described as caucasion" she was a native, and the Navajos then didn't have good relations with the local governments - they wouldn't report a missing woman.

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    Interesting background Bykerladi, thanks.

    When I read this story this line in the article really jumped out at me.

    In these types of situations, Toadlena-Pablo said it is typical for the assailant to run from the scene. However, the man looked at all the witnesses, then slowly walked to the van and drove from the gas station at a low rate of speed.
    How creepy is that!

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    Sounds like the assailant wanted to make a point. Even creepier to me is that the clerk got a clear view of this guy and yet he still hasn't been identified.

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    NM-Case File 489UFNM - Candace Starr

    This is a very strange case.

    Unidentified White Female





    • The victim was discovered on December 14, 1975 in Gallup, New Mexico
    • Estimated Date of Death: December 14,1975
    • Cause of Death: Gun shot

    Vital Statistics





    • Estimated age: 18 - 20 years old
    • Approximate Height and Weight: 5'3"; 110 lbs.
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: Hazel eyes; light brown, shoulder length hair. Slender build. On the victims right foot, toes number one and two are webbed.
    • Dentals: Expensive dental work.
    • Clothing: An army green top coat, a white t-shirt, orange pants, army type boots, two sizes to big. She also had two necklaces and wire type braclets.
    • Fingerprints: Available

    Case History
    The victim was located on or about December 14, 1975, in Gallup NM.
    The victim was shot to death by a possible boyfriend or traveling companion. The victim was shot in the head with a small caliber handgun, possibly a 380 caliber type at the former Thriftway gas station located at 1205 E. Highway 66.
    Witnesses said the pair arrived at the station in a green van with the license plate 05834. However, observers did not know what state the plate was issued from. Once at the station, the pair began to argue. The woman entered the store, used the station's restroom and then went outside to the parking lot. The man then pulled the woman's arm to prevent her from re-entering the gas station. According to witnesses, the woman came inside, placed a gun on the store's counter and told the man she was " ... not going to take this anymore." The man then picked up the gun and fired a shot at the store clerk. But the clerk was able to dodge the bullet. Meanwhile, the woman hid behind the store's counter. The man then reached over the counter, pulled the woman up by her hair and shot her to death in the head as bystanders watched in disbelief.
    The suspect was discribed as a Puerto Rican or Mexican national male, 5'8 160 pounds, dark complexion, short kinky hair.
    The suspect and victim were traveling together in a green van, older type model. The licence plate seen was a partial type, bearing 05834, red, white in color. State unknown.

    Investigators
    If you have any information about this case please contact:
    Gallup Police Department
    Detective J Reyes
    505-726-5429 OR 505-722-2002
    You may remain anonymous when submitting information.
    Agency Case Number:
    F.B.I. FPC: 19 0 29 W 100 19 1 20 W 001
    NCIC Number:
    N/A
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case. Source Information:
    Gallup Police Department

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/489ufnm.html
    Last edited by Cubby; 04-28-2010 at 01:45 PM.

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    That doesn't make sense. The police should've been able to figure out what state the plates were from and work from there.

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    My google-fu is strong!

    I found this site:

    http://www.alpca.org/ for the Automobile License Plate Collector's Association.

    I also fired off an email:

    Could you tell me what states used license plates with red & white, in 1975.
    I was researching an old murder case and came across your site while looking for old plate info.
    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/489ufnm.html
    Thanks in advance.
    I'll post back if they reply.

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    http://www.worldlicenseplates.com/

    This would take some work to go through - but it has all states and examples of all the license plates

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    looked on ebay really quick

    here's a florida tag.. but cant tell if its orange or red?? color blind or something lol or maybe its my screen

    http://cgi.ebay.com/1975-76-FLORIDA-...QQcmdZViewItem

    colorado
    http://cgi.ebay.com/COLORADO-TRUCK-1...QQcmdZViewItem

    Not sure if different type of vehicles would have different colored tags? or if some states would have less or more numbers on a plate(not sure how all that works!) but here's some more really quick.. not sure if some are dinged out red or orange..

    Minnesota
    http://cgi.ebay.com/1975-Minnesota-M...QQcmdZViewItem

    South Dakota
    http://cgi.ebay.com/1975-South-Dakot...QQcmdZViewItem

    texas
    http://cgi.ebay.com/1974-1975-Texas-...QQcmdZViewItem

    Mississippi
    http://cgi.ebay.com/MINT-1975-Missis...QQcmdZViewItem

    North Carolina (town plate)
    http://cgi.ebay.com/MILTON-NC-1975-L...QQcmdZViewItem
    Last edited by Babyslims; 03-20-2008 at 01:03 AM. Reason: forgot link

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    You guys are fast. Good thinking!


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    They could have been Nebraska plates??

    "1973 - 1975 - Red on White *

    (Cornhusker State)"

    from: http://www.dmv.state.ne.us/dvr/plates/plthistory.html

    Here's an image of the plate (sorry it's so gigantic):


    Although, I would be willing to bet that they weren't Nebraska plates. At that time, we had a county designation folowed by a dash, then a letter, then a number - "74-A244" as in this picture. (A few counties moved to an alpha-numeric system in 2002 - "OPQ 393".

    One to consider anyway.

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    Oklahoma plates were red and white for a time but they quit making them the school colors around 1974. So Oklahoma is definately one that it could be from.

    heres a link to some pictures of older ones. (click on the 1970's link)
    http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.worldlicenceplates.com/jpglps/USA_OK_GI7_1970%27s.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.worldlicenceplates.com/usa/US_OKXX.html&h=410&w=540&sz=61&hl=en&start=2&um=1& tbnid=AJi9Zl0ifg-f0M:&tbnh=100&tbnw=132&prev=/images%3Fq%3Doklahoma%2B1970%2Blicense%2Bplate%26u m%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN

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    If it was a older van.. it could have had old license plates right..? So we shouldnt ness. be looking up 1975.

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    I am confused by the description of the license plate. Was the plate red, letters white in color (possibly old AZ, which would make sense in NM) or white plate, red letters?

    The plate could have also come from Mexico. Look at this license plate from the late 60's. http://www.worldlicenseplates.com/jp...s-60's.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soonerbabie View Post
    If it was a older van.. it could have had old license plates right..? So we shouldnt ness. be looking up 1975.
    Even if it was an old vehicle, when sold or re-titled or if the owner moved, new plates would be issued.

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