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Sandra Renee Morden biography: 13 things about San Francisco, California native

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Sandra Renee “Sandy” Morden was a teenager from Washington, United States. Here are 13 more things about her:

  1. She was born in San Francisco, California, USA to Andrew “Andy” Bain Morden and Kathryn Irene Long Federico.
  2. In the late 1960s, she and her family moved from San Francisco to Portland, Oregon, USA.
  3. In 1971, her parents divorced. She was their only child. His father was granted primary custody of her. Working as a deckhand on tugboats operating on the Willamette and Columbia rivers, he was required to be away for up to a week at a time so she was often placed in the care of others. Throughout the 1970s, she lived with various families.
  4. From 1974 to 1975, she attended Binnesmead Middle School in Portland. In 1975, she frequently stayed with a family in Portland.
  5. From 1975 to 1976, she stayed with a family from Vancouver, Clark County, Washington while attending Gaiser Middle School in Vancouver.
  6. From 1976 to 1977, she stayed with a family in Burlingame, Portland while attending Woodrow Wilson High School in Portland. She stayed with another family in Newberg, Oregon when she was registered to attend Newberg High School in Newberg in 1977.
  7. She loved animals and she actively sought out horse ranches. She owned a Saint Bernard mix named Barfy when she and her father lived in a trailer near Amboy, Clark County, Washington. Sometime after May 1977, his father came home to find her missing while Barfy was still inside their trailer.
  8. She disappeared and died at the age of 16.
  9. On February 24, 1980, a father and son panning for gold found some of her skeletal remains in the Fly Creek area near Amboy. Her entire skeleton could not be found so the only information forensics found was that the partial remains belonged to a teenage girl who had suffered trauma. She became unofficially known as Fly Creek Jane Doe.
  10. On January 26, 1988, her mother passed away in San Francisco.
  11. On February 26, 1999, her paternal grandmother Marion Morden passed away in Tucson, Arizona, USA. On July 27, 1999, her father died in Ilwaco, Pacific County, Washington after retiring there.
  12. In 2017, her cousin Leslie Brophy had her deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) profile tested and shared publicly. In September 2019, Brophy received a call from Clark County Sheriff’s Office detective Lindsay Schultz, who worked with Parabon Nanolabs to come up with a composite using DNA from her teeth. That was how her remains were identified. In November 2019, Brophy told KOIN, “Sandy’s mom abandoned her and apparently a previous family. Lindsay discovered before she married my Uncle Andy she had a relationship with someone down in San Francisco and had three children and left them to go become a movie star in Hollywood.”
  13. In April 2022, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office asked for the public’s help in solving the cold case involving her as her killer is or killers are still unknown.
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Anyone with information about Sandra Renee Morden‘s murder is asked to contact detective Lindsay Schultz at lindsay.schultz@clark.wa.gov or call 360.397.2036 or contact the Clark County Sheriff’s Office at 360.397.2211.

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  1. This is such a sad story. This poor girl was abandoned by her mother, and her father did not care enough to get a job where he could be there for her, and raise her properly. I pray she is having a wonderful afterlife, and now has the love she never got before. Sending prayers and sympathy to all who remembered and cared about her.

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