In March of 2021, the son of Tena Marie Gattrell reported her missing to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office. Gattrell, who was 25 years old at the time of her disappearance, had not been seen by family or friends since 1985. The sheriff’s office initiated a report, entered Gattrell in both the state and federal missing person databases, submitted the case to NamUs and began conducting a basic follow-up investigation.
On August 20, 2021, the Sacramento Sheriff’s Office was notified of a fingerprint hit to a Jane DOE (unidentified female) in Knox County, Tennessee. In 1987, an unknown female was the victim of a homicide, her identity remained unknown for almost 35 years. This fingerprint hit would not have been possible if it were not for the initiation of the Missing Person Report. This was solved due to the diligence of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office and the continued investigation by the Knox County Medical Examiner’s Office. Any inquiries into the homicide investigation should be referred to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office (TN).
If you have a long-term missing loved one, the Find California Missing event can help. On Saturday, September 18, 2021, at the Harper Alumni Center located at 6000 College Town Drive, Sacramento (on the CSUS Campus), families will have the opportunity to meet with investigators and have a missing person’s report initiated or augment an existing report. Family members will also have the opportunity to provide a detailed physical description of their loved one, and biologically related family members can voluntarily provide a DNA reference sample for upload into the California Missing Persons DNA Database.
Reservations, though not required, are suggested and ensure that appropriate resources are available. Reservations can be made by contacting Deputy Paige Kneeland, at email@example.com
Sergeant Rod Grassmann