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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 9, 2001
NEWS FROM: Nevada Division of Investigation 01-015

Skeletal Remains Found in Limbo Mountain Range Identified
NDI investigators pursue leads in murder investigation

The skeletal remains of an adult white female found on February 14th, 2001 have been identified as Norma Jean Parker, a 60 year old woman from Tracy, California. The skeletal remains of Parker were found by a hiker in a makeshift grave in the Limbo Mountain Range, 52 miles north of Fernley.

Parker had been a resident of the Heritage Place Retirement Home in Tracy, California for approximately one month. She suffered from Hunnington's disease and had wandered from the retirement home on June 21st, 2000 and was reported missing by her daughter on June 22nd, 2000.

An investigation into Parker's disappearance by the Tracy, California Police Department found that Parker was seen at various truck stops from Lodi, California to as far away as possibly Princeton, Illinois. Parker was also spotted by two truckers at the Alamo Truck Stop in Sparks on June 25, 2000. Parker's "missing person" picture was posted at various truck stops across the country. A waitress at a Princeton, Illinois truck stop believed she recognized the woman on the flyer and phoned the Tracy Police Department indicating she thought she had seen her.

Due to the Hunnington's disease, Parker was delusional and walked with a gait. This would cause her to have the appearance of being inebriated, with twitches in her face and moments of uncontrolled shaking.

The Nevada Division of Investigation is treating this investigation as a homicide. Anyone with information on this case to contact Investigator Martin Roberto or Investigator Teresa Gurr at 775-687-4408. To request a recent photo of Norma Jean Parker, email Kimberly Evans at kevans@govmail.state.nv.us

The Nevada Division of Investigation, a Division of the Department of Motor Vehicles and Public Safety, assists local law enforcement agencies in criminal investigations.

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