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Sunol: Sheriff's office commemorates cold-case homicide victim's death

Investigators seek any new info on teen's death as 34th anniversary passes

Last Saturday marked the 34th anniversary of the day Fremont teen Kellie Jean Poppleton was found dead in Sunol, and Alameda County Sheriff's Office investigators put out a renewed call for information to help them solve the cold-case homicide.

Poppleton, a student at Conrad Noll School in Fremont, was last seen on the corner of Darwin Drive and Fremont Boulevard, sheriff's officials said in their "Cold Case" post on social media. Her body was discovered on the side of Kilkare Road in Sunol on Dec. 2, 1983.

Witnesses reported seeing a black Pontiac Trans Am near the scene prior to the teen's body being found, investigators said.

The case has remained unsolved since. Anyone with pertinent information about Poppleton's death can contact the sheriff's Cold Case Homicide Unit at 510-667-3661 or the anonymous tip line at 510-667-3622. Reference case No. 83-13639.

The sheriff's office often acknowledges cold-case homicide anniversaries through posts on social media, along with the message, "Our victims are never forgotten."

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