Officials seek help solving cold case of 16-year-old who disappeared decades ago

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in solving a 1970s cold case involving a teenager once known as the “Fly Creek Jane Doe.” Detectives are hoping the public can provide them with more information about Sandra (Sandy) Renee Morden, who they said disappeared when she was 16 years old.

The case began when unidentified remains were found in 1980. The remains were identified as Morden in 2019 through DNA analysis of samples provided by her family members, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

Detectives have learned thus far that Morden was born in San Francisco on April 29, 1962 to parents Andrew Bain Morden and Kathryn Irene Morden.

The Clark County Sheriff is seeking the assistance of the public and media regarding the disappearance of a teenage…

Posted by Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State on Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Following a 1971 divorce, Andrew was granted primary custody of his daughter, officials said. His job as a tugboat deckhand meant that Andrew was frequently away from home for several weeks at a stretch. This led to his daughter being placed with other families. She lived with various families throughout the 1970s, the sheriff’s office said.

Morden would have been 16 at the time of her disappearance, officials said. According to officials, she was tall and dark with long hair. She also loved animals. Officials said that Morden was active in seeking out horse ranches and had a dog called Rusty when she disappeared.

Both Morden’s parents died since then. Clark County Sheriff’s Office is asking for anyone who has information to contact them.

Tori B. Powell

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Tori B. Powell is a breaking news reporter at CBS News. Reach her at tori.powell@viacomcbs.com

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