She died from a drug overdose after using cocaine a day before her body was foundation At the location her body was found, a fingerprint from a compact disc case was matched to a woman living in Phoenix, Arizona. She claimed to have no knowledge about the decedent, but her boyfriend stated that he had picked up the Tempe Girl as she hitchhiked from Phoenix to Tempe.
He stated the woman was a Spanish-speaker and that she wished to buy tickets for a concert.
In addition, the woman had informed him that she had been disowned by her family for her habitual drug use. After the driver picked up another passenger, who was a drug dealer, the girl then spent her money on cocaine that the dealer had in his possession instead of tickets.
After the victim used the drug, she reportedly had a negative reaction that caused her to have a seizure. The driver claimed that they pulled over and he removed the victim from the car and that he instructed the other passenger to call police at a nearby gas station.
Her body was found a day later behind a strip mall.
The victim, being between fifteen and nineteen years old, was most likely Hispanic but may have been Native American, as she had black hair which was twelve inches long, and brown eyes. The girl wore a red top with jeans, blue underwear, one wedge high heel and also wore a purple ponytail holder as well as a bracelet on her wrist. An inch-long scar on her left hand was also observed, along with another on her left shoulder.
The girl had also painted her nails purple.
The pants the Tempe Girl wore were distinct, with a zipper on the side that also had eyelets for fastening on the waist. She was between five feet and five feet one inch tall and weighed between 120 to 125 pounds.
Authorities searched through schools in Arizona but were unable to find any match for the girl. The driver was never prosecuted, as examiners were unsure if the girl was under eighteen or if she had been pushed from the vehicle.
The local police department has also made contact with Mexican investigators, as she may have been an immigrant, but have been unsuccessful for finding a suitable match for the girl"s identity.
The nature of the case was never ruled, as the autopsy did not reveal if the victim was murdered or if she had died by mistake. Her dental charts, deoxyribonucleic acid and fingerprints also yielded no results to matching her to another person. The clothing she wore was also not useful, as the manufacturing company could not be determined.
Currently, three missing people have been ruled out as the decedent.
The victim has been facially reconstructed by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and various other institutions.