Cold Case Heats Up, Burned Remains Matched With Missing Woman
On September 9, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office announced that the Woman in the Refrigerator had been identified.
A female’s bones were found on May 16,
2012 2013 in an abandoned refrigerator near the railroad tracks at the west end of Highway 162 (Covelo Road) not far from Hwy 101. Inside the refrigerator were burnt human remains. (Read more here.) Little was known about her except that she was believed to be of small stature and the remains of a charm bracelet or necklace were found with the body. Below is a sketch of what the item is believed to have looked like.
In May of this year, family members of Rachel Audrey Sloan (age 25, from Laytonville) reported her as missing. DNA samples were taken and sent away to be compared with the remains in the refrigerator. On the first of September, the Mendocino Sheriff’s Office received a report identifying the remains as belonging to Rachel Sloan.
According to the Mendocino Sheriff’s Office, “Sloan was last seen by her family in Laytonville, California in August 2012. ”
They are asking anyone with information to contact the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office tip line (707) 234-2100.
Below is the press release sent out today by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office:
On 05-16-2013 at 12:23 PM, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office was notified of some possible human remains that were located burned in a secluded area on Highway 162 north of Willits, California.
The remains were located and later examined by a forensic anthropologist and were determined to be that of a human. DNA samples were recovered and a profile was uploaded into the California Department of Justice and National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.
Approximately two years later, in May 2015, family members of Rachel Audrey Sloan (25 year-old female from Laytonville, California) reported her as a missing person. Familial DNA samples were obtained from Sloan’s family members and compared to the DNA profile from the found remains.
On 09-01-2015, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s received a DNA report from the California Department of Justice identifying the found remains as that of Rachel Audrey Sloan.
Sloan was last seen by her family in Laytonville, California in August 2012.
Anybody with information on Sloan’s death is encouraged to contact the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office tip line by calling 707-234-2100.