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El Dorado County authorities seek information in 1981 cold case

Video: El Dorado authorities seek help solving girl's 35-year-old murder

A 16-year-old girl, Jenny Claire Campbell, was killed in 1981, her body discovered in a remote part of El Dorado County. Now county law enforcement is again trying to solve the killing, releasing a video explaining details on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016
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A 16-year-old girl, Jenny Claire Campbell, was killed in 1981, her body discovered in a remote part of El Dorado County. Now county law enforcement is again trying to solve the killing, releasing a video explaining details on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016

The El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office is asking the public’s help in solving a cold case involving the death of a 16-year-old girl nearly 35 years ago.

Officials on Friday released a video recounting the circumstances surrounding what they have dubbed the “Mother’s Day Murder” of of Jenny Claire Campbell in May 1981.

Campbell was last heard from in the early morning hours of May 10, when she called her mother and told her she was on her way home. Ten hours later, two hunters found her body in a remote area off Salmon Falls Road.

Authorities said Campbell, who was enrolled in cosmetology school, had an on-again, off-again relationship with a boyfriend, and the two had argued at an apartment on West Loma Drive in Rancho Cordova the night of May 9. Campbell reportedly left the apartment, then called her mother.

Anyone with information pertaining to the case is asked to call Robert Cosley at 530-903-8468, or email robert.cosley@edcgov.us.

The El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office spotlights a different cold case each month.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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