Police sketches of “Little Cowboy” by LAPD artist F.G. Ponce.
I call her “Little Cowboy” because her shirt said “I’m a Little Cowboy.” She was Jane Doe No. 62, coroner’s No. 77-8735, DR 77 596-048
In case you just tuned in, I was given a box of material that was cleaned out of the old press room at the LAPD’s Parker Center headquarters, sometimes called “the cop shop.” The box was a jumble of press releases, photographs, artists’ sketches and other items dating from the late 1960s to the early 1980s. I am organizing and cataloging the material and I’ll be posting selected items on a weekly basis.
July 21, 1977: About 8 p.m., the body of “Little Cowboy,” a girl 3 to 5 years old, was found near Sunset and Glendale Boulevards. She was described as Latin, “brown hair, brown eyes, 37 inches long, 28 pounds.” Her upper front teeth were chipped. She had pierced ears and shoulder-length brown hair tied with an elastic band.
She was wearing a shirt with the picture of a cowboy and the phrase “I’m a Little Cowboy.”
As far as I can determine, The Times never wrote about this case, so there are no further details. There are many sad discoveries in the Parker Center files, but “Little Cowboy” is one of the worst. If she had lived, she would be about 40 years old now. It’s hard to believe somebody, somewhere doesn’t miss her or think about her.