Sacramento woman’s remains identified after almost 40 years. She was found in Placer County

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By Yosi Yahoudai
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Patricia Ann Rose went missing in 1980. Her remains were discovered in January 1985. She wouldn’t be identified until January 2024.

PLACER COUNTY, Calif. — A Jane Doe discovered in Placer County in 1985 has recently been identified.

Patricia Ann Rose was 20-years-old when she was reported missing from Sacramento around 1980, according to Sgt. David Smith, a Placer County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Her remains were found Jan. 6, 1985. They weren’t identified until January 2024, Smith said.

In 1985, two hunters discovered skeletal remains while chasing one of their dogs who ran into dense shrubbery near Boole Road in Placer County, the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post.

The hunters reported the discovery to the sheriff’s office, and deputies collected Rose’s remains, the post said. Due to the remains’ condition, neither the cause of death nor her identity could be determined, according to the sheriff’s office.

“We suspect foul play, but outside of that we don’t know,” Smith said.

The circumstances surrounding her disappearance and death are suspicious, and detectives are seeking the public’s help for any possible information regarding Rose’s death or disappearance. Anyone with information can email

Here’s how Rose was identified

The remains were first sent to a Chico State anthropology lab to assist with determining the identity of the person, law enforcement said.

Deputies said Chico State discovered the remains were female, and a facial reconstruction was conducted and released to the public. The case was compared to statewide missing persons cases, and Rose’s remains were analyzed in 2005 at a California Department of Justice lab in Richmond but no matches were found.

Othram Inc. is a lab specializing in genetic genealogy, and it did further lab work on Rose’s remains to develop her profile, the sheriff’s office said. A potential family tree was provided to Placer County detectives, which indicated she might have a living sibling.

Investigators worked with the Woodburn Police Department in Oregon to obtain a reference sample from the potential sibling. The reference sample was sent to the Richmond lab and compared to the DNA extracted from Rose’s remains. 

“The sibling had a sister who went missing from Sacramento and was last seen approximately in 1980,” the sheriff’s office said. “The remains were identified as Patricia Ann Rose.”

Detectives interviewed Rose’s sibling and child after her identity was confirmed, deputies said.

Relatives told detectives Rose also used the first names “Torrie” and “Patti” and last names “Bowden” and “Anderson.”

At the time of her disappearance, Rose was estranged from her husband, and her 18-month-old son was found alone in a Sacramento hotel room where she was staying.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.