It was one of the thousands of cold-case files: “Jane Doe 59” At the time, Cliff Shepard was the detective assigned to the LAPD cold-case unit.READ MORE: Lawsuit Alleges Low-Income Homeowners Were Manipulated Into Getting PACE Green-Energy Loans
“I opened this file up, and discovered an article of clothing that had dried blood on it,” Shepard said.
The now retired detective said he posted information about the case on the internet several times.READ MORE: COVID: Bay Area Expert Says Michigan's Surge From UK Variant Not Likely In California
“We had no clue who she was, where she came from,” Shepard said.
The woman’s body was found in 1969 in dense brush off Mulholland Drive, not far from where the Manson Family murders took place.
“It’s still a possibility. I can’t rule anything out,” Shepard said.MORE NEWS: UPDATE: 2 Dead, 7 Injured, 1 Arrest In Suspected DUI Crash In Pittsburg
Shepard said that Manson was interviewed while in prison, but didn’t recognize the victim from a photograph. Shepard believes the killer could have been a spurned love interest.