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Sandra Nevarez

Real Name: Sandra Nevarez
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Sylmar, California
Date: January 17, 1995


Occupation: Homemaker
Date of Birth: October 5, 1953
Height: 5'4"
Weight: 120 pounds
Marital Status: Married
Characteristics: Hispanic female. Brown hair, brown eyes.


Details: Forty-one-year-old Sandra Nevarez was a married mother-of-four living in Sylmar, California. At 7:45am on the morning of January 17, 1995, she left home and dropped off her son at school. After that, she went to do laundry at the Hubbard Street Laundromat in Sylmar. She was seen there at 9am. She was next seen at a nearby thrift store at 3:30pm. At around 5pm, she was seen walking near the shopping center which included the laundromat. She never returned to her family's home and was never seen again.
Later that evening, Sandra's Chevrolet Nova was found abandoned in the shopping center parking lot. Investigators discovered a puddle of blood near the rear of her vehicle which matched her blood type. It appeared that she had been forcibly dragged from the scene. Her purse was found on the ground near the rear tire; cash and credit cards were still inside, although her car keys were missing. Laundry was found neatly folded in the trunk of the car. No other evidence was found at the scene.
Suspects: None known; several stores in and around the shopping center were burglarized after Sandra's disappearance. It is not known if these crimes were related to her case.
Sandra's husband Pete was questioned by police about her disappearance. Her family suspects that he may have been involved, but he maintains his innocence.
Extra Notes: The case first aired in the February 2, 1996 episode.
Results: Unresolved. On November 21, 1996, Sandra's remains were found. However, they were not identified as hers until December 2012. DNA testing confirmed her identity. The cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head. Her murder remains unsolved.
In March 2013, Pete was arrested and charged with sexually abusing a thirteen-year-old girl from a school where he coached softball. He later pleaded no contest to the charges and was sentenced to six years in prison. He is considered a possible suspect in Sandra's case; however, he has never been charged.