Idaho’s Sandra DiFelice found dead in Las Vegas, Nevada; Killer unknown

Sandra Renee Kistler DiFelice of Idaho, United States has died. She was 25.

From Idaho, DiFelice later moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. In 1977, she gave birth to a daughter.

DiFelice’s mother Mescal Olena Nelson Kistler, 50, was born in Baker, Benson County, North Dakota, USA. Kistler’s father Nels Nelson was born in Sweden while her mother Bertha Smith Nelson was born in Ohio, USA.

Sandra Renee Kistler DiFelice
Sandra Renee Kistler DiFelice

DiFelice and her daughter shared a home in Las Vegas with a roommate. The name of the roommate was not disclosed.

At 9:31 p.m. on December 26, 1980, DiFelice was found dead inside her residence in Las Vegas. That night, her daughter was at the house of the girl’s grandparents.

The house is several blocks from the command center of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. The officers who responded to the scene found evidence that DiFelice was sexually assaulted and have yet to name a suspect.


Las Vegas was founded on May 15, 1905 and incorporated on March 16, 1911. Born in the city, Frank Fertitta III, 18, is the son of Frank Fertitta Jr., 42, who founded Station Casinos in the city on July 1, 1976.

William H. Briare, 49, is the 18th and incumbent mayor of Las Vegas. He assumed office in 1975.

Anyone with information about the murder of Sandra DiFelice is asked to contact the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

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