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Donna G. Smith

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Jody Miller: Las Vegas Unsolved Homicide


13 yr. old, Jody Miller was a student at Garside Junior High in Las Vegas, NV when she went missing. It is believed that she crawled through the bedroom window of her house on June 21, 1971. She was reported as a missing juvenile. A female friend last saw Jody on June 23, 1971. Five months later, on November 2, 1971 her remains were discovered wrapped in a blanket, lying in a shallow grave in the desert area approx. 150' North West of Jones and Lone Mountain Blvd.

What happened to Jody was not what she had in mind when she crawled through her window that night. Maybe she had problems she couldn’t deal with. Are the words to the song below how she was feeling? Maybe, but we don't know. What we do know is SOMEONE knows who killed Jody and we need them to come forward.

Did you know Jody back in 1971? Did she talk to you about anything that seemed unimportant to you then, but might have some significance now? Did she talk about going to meet someone? Did she talk about having someone special in her life? Is there anyone out there who remembers something?

Anyone with information is urged to call Las Vegas Metro Homicide Cold Case Detail at 702-229-COLD
Case# 71-12531

This song was played at Jody’s Funeral. It is posted here in her honor. She still has a friend who remembers and cares. Sly, keep the faith.

Bridge Over Troubled Water

When you're weary, feeling small
When tears are in your eyes,
I will dry them all
I'm on your side
When times get rough
And friends just can't be found

Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

When you're down and out
When you're on the street
When evening falls so hard
I will comfort you
I'll take your part
When darkness comes
And pain is all around

Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

Sail on silver girl
Sail on by
Your time has come to shine
All your dreams are on their way
See how they shine
When you need a friend
I'm sailing right behind

Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind

Lyrics by:
Paul Simon, 1969

9 comments:

  1. cindieichorn12:03 AM

    curious as to what specific day
    and evening or morning hour she climbed out of window?
    who was her very best friend at the time?
    boyfriend?
    as a young girl of her age when my best friend spent the night or we had sleepovers it was very popular to sneak out of our bedroom windows and meet somewhere. perhaps this was all that she was doing

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  2. Leana Jo Murphy-Hover4:36 PM

    It seems to me that she wanted to runaway and maybe hitchhiked to somewhere. Then someone pulled over and gave her a ride, but they wanted to kill her. This is what it looks like to me. She just caught the wrong ride with the wrong person.

    Has anyone ever talked to her parents about her behavior?? What was she like a few days or weeks before you ran off?? Is it possible that she might have been a murder victim of Ted Bundy?? It has been said that he (Bundy) might have been murdering women since 1962, when he was a teenager. So, who knows, right??

    This is just my personal opinion. I think she just wanted to runaway, hitchhike somewhere, and got in the wrong car or vehicle. And maybe it was Ted Bundy's car. Just my opinion...

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  3. Anonymous8:29 PM

    I was the "friend" that was the last one to see her - we were at my house and I walked to the elementary school like we always did every time we were at each other's house. She didn't have a boyfriend - we were looking forward to being in junior high school. She was a free spirit and friendly, but I don't think she would have gotten into a car with a stranger. I do know she was having problems with her family but I think it was more that they wouldn't let her do what she wanted - just a growing up thing. It still haunts me today that she went missing and wound up murdered. I wish I would have not let her go home that night. Brenda G.

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    1. Thank You Brenda for sharing your thoughts. I'm sorry for you loss.

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  4. There was a person of interest that the police had suspicions about, that guy has been in prison since 1973 for a murder charge. I would like to see this case solved, I did not know the victim, but I grew up in that area of Las Vegas and went to Garside also.

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  5. I was her best friend and I lived next DOOR. We were already in Junior High School and yes she did have a boy of interest in her life. There is more to her and this story than was put out there for obvious reasons.
    There was no DNA then so it ended up being a cold case for lack of evidence. So sad for her parents. It will never be solved. My dad also worked for Metro at the time. Seriously people this was very tragic her parents, her brother, me and my family. Just let it be. To this day I cannot listen to that song!!! As Jody always said to me Love you YOUR BEST FRIEND AND MINE!!

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    1. Blondie, why would you have NOT wanted your 'best friend's murder solved???

      Just let it be!!! That's not want Mrs. Miller said in her email to me!!!


      Jo Ann Sly

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  6. I was her best friend and I lived next DOOR. We were already in Junior High School and yes she did have a boy of interest in her life. There is more to her and this story than was put out there for obvious reasons.
    There was no DNA then so it ended up being a cold case for lack of evidence. So sad for her parents. It will never be solved. My dad also worked for Metro at the time. Seriously people this was very tragic her parents, her brother, me and my family. Just let it be. To this day I cannot listen to that song!!! As Jody always said to me Love you YOUR BEST FRIEND AND MINE!!

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  7. I've been the one putting Jody Marie Miller"s unsolved death on every sluth board since they began, although I've not been active in some years.
    I always use Jody' s middle name since we had a singer in the Las Vegas lounges named Jody Miller during that same time.

    I have never ever heard of a suspect and I've talked to the detectives until I was blue in the face.

    Jo Ann Sly

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