Vacaville police identify ‘Jane Doe’ in 1991 cold case

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Vacaville police on Monday announced they had identified the “Jane Doe” who was found dead in a field in 1991. 

According to police, the body has been identified as that of 38-year-old Cynthia Merkley, also known as Cynthia Bilardi. 

Bilardi’s body was found in April 1991 in an open filed off Nut Tree Road and Burton Drive. 

Investigators determined Bilardi had been dead for about two to three weeks. 

Officials say there were no obvious signs of foul play or trauma and her cause of death was undetermined. 

Due to the condition of her body, authorities were unable to identify her at that time. 

Bilardi was not reported as a missing person at the time of her death, officials said, but detectives were recently able to contact family members. 

Bilardi had been estranged from her family for several years before her death, according to authorities. 

Anyone who knew Bilardi at the time of her death is urged to come forward with any information that would aid in the investigation. 

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