Victim in 1990 Corning homicide identified

Jun 24, 2015 3:08 PM by News Staff

After 25 years Tehama County Detectives have finally identified a woman found murdered in Corning.

A missing Eureka woman, Rosemma Mendenhall, is a DNA match to human remains found decomposed and mummified in the area of Hall Road in Corning on October 27, 1990.

The case was ruled a homicide after an autopsy revealed stab wounds to the body, but progress was halted when detectives failed to identify the victim.

The woman was listed as a Jane Doe and the case went cold until 2013 when a Tehama County detective was asked, by Oregon authorities investigating a serial killer, to look into any unsolved murders from the early 90's.

DNA was sent to the California Department of Justice Missing Person's DNA program and in April detectives learned Mendenall was their Jane Doe.

Despite her body being found in 1990 Mendenhall wasn't reported missing until 1998.

She is believed to have been last seen hitchhiking on Hall Road in June of 1990.

At this time it is unclear if the Oregon case that prompted detectives to reopen the investigation in 2013 is related, but a Tehama County is investigating further.

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