Nadine Reyes

On June 8, 2002 the body of Nadine Reyes was found face first inside a wheeled trashcan on Treat Avenue between 17th and 18th Streets.

Eight years later, a memorial altar has been pieced together with a balloon, flowers and papers asking people for information surrounding the mysterious murder.

According to stories from 2002, Reyes left her Sacramento home, to visit her father, and arrived in the city on July 2 — the same day as her 18th birthday. The last time they had contact with her was the following day when he spoke with her father, Stephen Reyes.

The altar on Treat Avenue and 17th Street.

Five days later, a homeless man found her body.

Lt Judie Pursell, the Homicide detective at the time, said they had no clues and no signs of trauma were present.

She added that they believe the body had been there for “at least a day or two.”

Reyes was described in her obituary as a good student who was about to enroll in the Army. She graduated from Del Campo High School in 2002 and was enrolled in J.R.O.T.C and the Hip hop dance program.

People with information are encouraged to contact San Francisco police homicide division at 415-575-4444 or text anonymous tip to tip411 and use the keyword SFPD.

Rigoberto Hernandez

Rigoberto Hernandez is a journalism student at San Francisco State University. He has interned at The Oregonian and The Orange County Register, but prefers to report on the Mission District. In his spare...

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  1. Thank you so much for poting this article!!! Nadine was a great friend of mine. My fiance and I are the ones who put together the memorial with the balloon and “crime bulletin”. ANYONE with ANY information please contact San Francisco Police Homicide division. REST IN PEACE NADINE, WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU!

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