The Murder of Suzette Willis-McDermott

By Naptime Nancy

Suzette Jennifer Willis was an Army Veteran living with her mother and stepfather in Citrus Heights, CA, and working for Creative Construction. Her parents last reported seeing her at approximately 6:30PM at their home on Wednesday, November 20th, 1991. From there, Suzette reportedly went to a man’s home, but left his place and headed to the 7440 Club on Auburn boulevard in Citrus Heights. Suzette AKA Suzi, was last seen at the 7440 club shortly before midnight. She was known to be quite the billiards (pool) player.

Around 3PM on Thursday, November 21, 1991, three teenage boys phoned police to tell them they had found a body while riding their ATV’s on the trails by Miners Ravine Creek. Suzette Willis-McDermott was found with her pants around her ankles, shirt off with bra exposed, and bludgeoned to death. Her orange 1976 Honda Civic was parked not far from her body. Despite the horrific scene, the medical examiner reportedly determined that no sexual assault was detected. Last seen alive in Citrus Heights (Sacramento County), found dead just a few miles away in Roseville (Placer County). Someone sure knew what they were doing, muddying the jurisdictions.

I have tried very hard to find any updates whatsoever on Suzette Jennifer Willis-McDermott’s case, aside from an article from 1996 stating that her case remained unsolved. If you have any updates, please feel free to comment. And if you have any tips, please contact Placer County Sheriff’s Department at (530)-889-7300.


San Diego Tribune articles from 1991,1992, & 1996.

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