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Grandmother was slain in 1983. DA is looking for new clues

Jennie Sperinde
Jennie Sperinde El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office

The 1983 slaying of a 69-year-old woman at her home in Cool is featured in a “cold case” video released by the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office in hopes of generating new leads in the homicide.

Jennie Sperinde had lived in Cool for 68 years and worked on her family ranch with her husband, Joseph.

After he died in 1979, she continued to live in Cool, where she was involved in community activities, volunteering at Auburn Faith Community Hospital, teaching at Georgetown Elementary School and working with the 4-H program, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Sperinde was last seen alive on Jan. 18, 1983, when she left her church in Auburn to return home.

When family members had not heard from her for several days, they went to her home and found her dead on the front porch of the residence, the victim of a homicide. The home was at the end of a private road, in an area with few neighbors at the time of the slaying, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Sperinde left eight children and 26 grandchildren.

Anyone with information that might pertain to the case is asked to call the El Dorado County Cold Case Task Force at 530-621-4590.

The task force includes members of the El Droado County District Attorney’s Office, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department and the California Department of Justice. Information about the Sperinde case and other El Dorado County cold cases is available on the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office website, www.ElDoradoColdCase.com.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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