Huntington Beach police released photos a woman killed in 1968 in hopes of laying to rest Orange County's oldest cold case with an unidentified victim.
The woman's body was discovered by two boys in a field around 4 p.m. near the intersection of Yorktown Avenue and Newland Street in March of that year, according to Huntington Beach Police Chief Rob Handy. It was apparent she had been beaten severely, her throat had been cut, she was violently sexually assaulted, he said.
Police want to find out who killed her, but not knowing her identity makes it much harder.
Authorities have still had some clues to guide them — such as her clothes, some of which were only sold in New York at the time, and a ring she was wearing — but are hoping the newly released photos, though taken after her death, will lead to new information.
"The odds are against us, the case is 48 years old," Handy said. "But we still believe there is a chance, however slight it is, that somebody can give us a piece of information that we can identify her by."