Authorities believe they may have started to crack the identity of a 1968 cold-case victim after posting a composite drawing of the woman on Facebook.
The Huntington Beach Police Department has received a tip that the woman, found abandoned in Huntington Beach with her throat slashed, body beaten and sexually assaulted, could be named Rosie and have come to the West Coast from New York, police reported.
The department posted the drawing of the woman Jan. 4 asking for the public's help identifying her.
Several boys found the woman's body while playing in a field at Newland Street and Yorktown Avenue at 4:05 p.m. March 14, 1968. The body lay facedown in a drainage ditch, police reported.
Police are working with the New York Police Department's Missing Person squad to further identify the woman, police reported.
Officials were contacted by a person who believed they were friends of the the victim at the time she went missing. The informant said she believes the woman's name was Rosie and had an Italian last name that they couldn't recall, police reported.