Sable Pickett: 19-Year-Old Girl Killed By Serial Killer In Southern California
She had been missing for a couple years and had largely fallen off the radar of Los Angeles-area authorities investigating strange deaths connected to a serial killer.
The investigation involving Steven Gordon, who confessed to killing four women in Southern California, would have wrapped if he hadn’t told confessed to Anaheim Police Detective Julissa Trapp that “You’re missing one.”
That “one” was a Jane Doe who vanished in February 2014: Black girl, early 20s, petite, brown complexion. "She was from Compton," Gordon told the detective, according to NBC News. "She told me that... she works alone."
With Gordon being sentenced for death in the murders, Trapp said she then went about the business of reaching out to the girl’s family.
"I feel a responsibility, because Jane Doe is not a missing person. She's an unknown," Trapp told NBC. "If I don't look for her, who will? And if I don't bring her home, who will? It's my job… I know there is a family out there, wondering where she is."
"You kind of grow attached. And you just don't want it to be her," she said, but it was her.
Sable Alexandria Pickett went to Compton High School, but didn’t graduate. She later got her GED with hopes of going into the Air Force. Those dreams didn’t materialize due to problems passing her math test. Soon she was prostituting herself to earn money.
Sable was just 19 years old on Valentine's Day 2014 when she was allegedly picked up by Gordon and Franc Cano, who has been arrested but denies all involvement.
No charges are pending for her murder, but Sable's grandmother Michelle Malveaux said Detective Trapp brought them all some answers - and closure.
"My heart is light now. I don't have to worry," Malveaux was quoted as saying. "I know she's in heaven."