Unidentified Nurse from Missing Lake Tahoe Casino Case Identified after Half a Century

Cold Case Unraveled After 50 Years: Missing Casino Nurse Identified

After more than 50 years, the cold case of missing casino nurse, Donna Lass, has finally been solved. Lass disappeared from the Sahara Hotel Casino, now the Golden Nugget Lake Tahoe, in September 1970. Despite extensive efforts by law enforcement, no leads or sufficient evidence led to a resolution of her case for many years.

In a surprising turn of events, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department revealed that Lass’s remains were discovered in Placer County in 1986. However, due to the lack of evidence and the inability to identify the remains, the case was classified as Jane Doe. It wasn’t until last week that a breakthrough finally occurred.

After years of preservation, a cold case team was able to use advances in forensic technology to positively identify Lass’s remains. The Placer County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the identification, providing closure to Lass’s surviving family members, who have been waiting for answers for over five decades.

To make the identification, the remains were sent to the California Department of Justice Bureau of Forensic Services. There, DNA extracted from the remains was matched with a sample obtained from a member of Lass’s family, collected by the South Lake Tahoe Police Department. The confirmation of Lass’s identity is a significant development for the case.

In a statement released by the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, the authorities expressed their gratitude for bringing closure to the Lass family and their hope that cold case detectives can continue to make advances in cases like these. The South Lake Tahoe Police Department also announced their commitment to pursuing any future leads related to Lass’s case.

Rumors and speculations have surfaced regarding a possible link between Lass’s case and the infamous Zodiac Killer, who terrorized northern California in the 1960s. The Zodiac Killer, known for his cryptic messages and taunting of law enforcement, officially claimed five victims but boasted of killing more than 30 people.

Despite the identification of Donna Lass, authorities have not confirmed whether her disappearance and death are linked to the Zodiac Killer. The case remains open, and investigators are determined to uncover the truth behind Lass’s tragic fate.