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Valentine Sally
Sex Female
Race White
Location Williams, Arizona
Found February 14, 1982
Unidentified for 35 years
Postmortem interval 10-14 days
Body condition Decomposed
Age approximation 16 - 24
Height approximation 5'5
Weight approximation 120 pounds
Cause of death Asphyxiation (homicide)

Not to be confused with Valentine Doe

Valentine Sally was a female discovered murdered in 1982 west of Williams, Arizona. Her cause of death was homicide, either by suffocation or strangling.[1] [2]

Monte Carlo Sighting Edit

She was possibly seen alive at the Monte Carlo Truck Stop in Ashfork, Arizona during the early morning hours of February 4, 1982.

Patty Wilkins, a waitress and part owner of the truck stop, described a teenage girl asking for aspirin due to a toothache and who did not want any food. The girl had a root canal or had been prepared for one. Wilkins believed the girl was 16 or 17 years old.

The girl was seen with an older male, possibly her father or uncle. The man expressed concern over the girl's teeth.

Wilkins claimed that normally if a young girl came into the truck stop and appeared to be a runaway, she would call the sheriff's office. She believed this particular girl was with a male relative.

The pair entered the truck stop at approximately 3AM and left an hour later. [3]

Discovery Edit

Her body was located by an Arizona Department of Public Safety officer near westbound Interstate 40 about 11 miles west of Williams on February 14.[4][5] The officer had been looking for a blown out tire from an automobile wreck or incident. This was also to the west of the Monte Carlo Truck Stop. She was found lying face down under a cedar tree about 25 feet from the interstate. It appeared that she had been dragged to the location by the belt loops of her jeans.

The stretch of Interstate where she was found was a long incline where trucks would frequently pull over and stop to cool their brakes. If her body was transported there in the cab of a semi, no one would have been suspicious of a truck driver being pulled over in the area.

By the time of her discovery, animals had eaten most or all of the flesh from her face, along with her right ear. A lower molar had been prepared for a root canal approximately one week before her death.[6][7]

Valentine Sally was buried in a cemetery in Williams, Arizona.[8]

Her DNA is in the CODIS system. To date, a relative has not submitted DNA in search of her.[9]

Melody Cutlip Edit

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Melody Cutlip

She was misidentified in 1984 as a Melody Cutlip, a Florida girl who ran away in 1980. Lieutenant Jack Judd of the Cococino County Sheriff's Office suspected that she may have been Cutlip after finding her missing person's report. In 1984, he contacted forensic odontologist Homer Campbell to see if he could match the two.

Campbell matched the bite marks of Valentine Sally to enlarged pictures of Cutlip's teeth. His methods were unorthodox and outside accepted scientific practices, and he would use these methods to make at least one more false identification in the future.[10]

Cutlip's mother declined an offer to have the body sent to Florida for burial, as she did not believe it was Melody. Patty Wilkins, a witness who likely saw Valentine Sally at a truckstop, paid to give her a proper burial. Her headstone was engraved Melody Cutlip, with Sally Valentine underneath.[11]

Cutlip returned home in 1986. She died in a car accident in Louisiana in 1998. Valentine Sally's tombstone still bears Cutlip's name, despite the requests from the family to remove it.

Physical Description Edit

  • She had blonde hair.
  • She had scars on her left foot and a scar on her thigh (which thigh was not specified).
  • Her left earlobe was pierced. Both ears may have been pierced, but her right ear was not recovered.

Clothing Edit

  • A red and white striped sweater
  • Seasons brand designer jeans (size 9)
    • At least one belt loop had been damaged from the initial attempt to pick up and move the body
  • A bra (size 36C)
  • A handkerchief[12]

Theories Edit

  • She may have last been seen with a truck driver
  • She may have been killed by her father or uncle
  • Her murderer may have become annoyed with her after she complained about her toothache too often, and decided to kill her
  • She was most likely 16 or 17 years old
  • She was most likely born in 1965 or 1966
  • She may be Amy Yachimec Rule Out
  • She may be Norma Jean Halford
  • She may be Charlotte KinseyRule Out
  • She may be Marla Mullins
  • She may be Stacy Arras Rule Out
    • Match panel declined at The Doe Network.

GalleryEdit

LinksEdit

  1. http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/585ufaz.html
  2. http://www.coconino.az.gov/DocumentCenter/View/451
  3. Hunt For Body’s ID Must Begin Again. Saratoga Herald-Tribune/AP November 4, 1986
  4. http://www.missingkids.com/poster/NCMU/1184503
  5. http://azdailysun.com/blogs/criminal-justice-beat/cold-case-close-up----file-valentine-sally/article_60c6aa7c-101c-11e3-9c62-0019bb2963f4.html
  6. http://www.missingkids.com/poster/NCMU/1184503
  7. http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/585ufaz.html
  8. http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/585ufaz.html
  9. http://azdailysun.com/blogs/criminal-justice-beat/cold-case-close-up----file-valentine-sally/article_60c6aa7c-101c-11e3-9c62-0019bb2963f4.html
  10. http://innocenceproject.olemiss.edu/bite-mark-evidence-flaws-produces-another-exoneration/
  11. Hunt For Body’s ID Must Begin Again. Saratoga Herald-Tribune/AP November 4, 1986
  12. http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/585ufaz.html

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