CA CA - Jenny Campbell, 17, El Dorado, 10 May 1981

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    The only information I could find on this cold case (via a Google search) is from the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office website:
    http://www.edcgov.us/government/sheriff/2012_sheriff_s_office_annual_report.aspx

    Newspaper articles from the Mountain Democrat (Placerville, CA) reveal:

    - May 10, 1981, about 3:30 a.m., 17-year-old Jenny Claire Campbell left her boyfriend's Rancho Cordova residence after an argument to hitchhike to her mother's home two miles away; she was last seen at the intersection of La Loma Street and Folsom Boulevard

    - May 10, 1981, 1:20 p.m., her body was found off Salmon Falls Road, about one mile north of Green Valley Road; she was nude, her body "sprawled," face down and her skull crushed by a rock (a bloody rock was found nearby the body), the body was partially covered (from the waist up) with tree limbs and rocks; her clothes and purse were found scattered along Salmon Falls Road, 8.4 miles toward Kelsey from the murder site; investigators revealed to the press that she had been killed at the scene and there was "other pieces of evidence found at scene"

    - May 12, 1981, victim identified by her jewelry; investigators are informed by family that a silver and turquoise ring was missing from the body

    - Investigators later reveal that the victim "was not raped but there were sexual overtones to the nature of her death"; another article stated that she "had been sexually molested"

    - James Leslie Karis, Jr., emerged as a suspect after his arrest for the July 8, 1981, kidnap/rape/murder of Peggy Pennington, 34, and Patty Vander Dussen, 27, El Dorado County; investigators considered Karis the "most probable suspect" "based solely on opportunity and method" (Karis was released from prison in January 1981)

    - Gerald Gallego was also considered as a suspect, but ruled out as he was in jail when Campbell was murdered

    - The Campbell case has similarities to the 1977 double murder of Linda Kuykendall, 15, and Christine Riley, 16, in Latrobe, El Dorado County (Karis was in prison at the time, Gallego was not)
     
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