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Suzanne Nixon

Suzanne Nixon

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04/09/11 09:27 PM #1    

Joanie Hyler (PGHSAA Representative)

Monterey Peninsula Herald, CA March 5, 1983 p1

Pebble Beach Woman Slain; Suspect Arrested

The body of a 30-year-old Pebble Beach woman was found last night in the back of a Monterey garage which was being used as a residence by a friend of the victim. County Senior Deputy Coroner Paul Crossman said the badly beaten body of Suzanne Kay Nixon of 1074 Wranglers Trail was found covered by clothes and bags in a toolshed to the rear of a garage at 1165 Third St. She had been reported missing Thursday. Crossman said she had died as the result of “blunt trauma to the head.” The garage was the resident of Alfred Powell, 27, who had been arrested late Friday afternoon, before the body was discovered, on suspicion of murder. Powell was described by Monterey Police Sgt. Buck Ambrosia as a “close friend” of Miss Nixon, an unemployed hairdresser. Miss Nixon’s mother, Anne Nixon Ball, reported her daughter missing to county sheriff’s deputies at 9 p.m. Thursday. She said her daughter had left their home about 5 p.m. Wednesday to meet a man who owed her $50. Police said Mrs. Ball indicated her daughter was afraid of the man. Early Friday morning police found Miss Nixon’s car, with the key still in the ignition, parked along the railroad track between the Luce Meat Co. and Roto-Rooter Sewer and Plumbing Service in the 100 block of Del Monte Avenue in Monterey. After finding the car, police officers went to Powell’s resident some four blocks away and questioned him about her disappearance. Police noticed blood on Powell’s shirt, which the suspect said was blood from a raccoon he had killed. A sample of the blood was taken for analysis, and Friday police said laboratory tests showed it was human blood. Powell was arrested by police at 5:30 p.m. Friday at a downtown Monterey restaurant and questioned further. Police said he acknowledged having been with Miss Nixon until 2 a.m. Thursday, at which time, he said, she had driven away from his residence. Powell was subsequently arrested on suspicion of murder, and Miss Nixon’s body was found a littler more than four hours later. The body was taken to Mission Mortuary, where an autopsy is scheduled to be performed today.

Monterey Peninsula Herald, CA March 6, 1983 p4

Slain Woman Died of Head Inuries, Autopsy Reveals

Suzanne Kay Nixon, 30, of Pebble Beach, who was found dead in the back of a Monterey garage Friday night by police investigating her disappearance, died of “massive head injuries,” an autopsy Saturday revealed. In custody on suspicion of murder is Alfred Powell, 27, of 1165 Third St. Miss Nixon’s body was found in a toolshed to the rear of the garage, which was Powell’s residence. County Senior Deputy Coroner Paul Crossman said toxicology tests will also be conducted in connection with the murder investigation. Powell was arrested by Monterey police late Friday afternoon on suspicion of murder, before the body was discovered. Miss Nixon had been reported missing Thursday night by her mother, Anne Nixon Ball, who was a Republican candidate last November for the 16th Congressional district. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Carmel Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Harold N. Englund, pastor, will officiate. The Mission Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Miss Nixon was born Jan. 17, 1953, in Omaha, Neb. She was a graduate of Pacific Grove High School and Cottey College in Nevada, Mo. She was a hairdresser on the Monterey Peninsula. In addition to her mother, survivors include brothers, Robert Nixon of Campbell and Ken Nixon of pebble Beach; sisters, Dianne Sullo of Pasadena and Joanne Rickels of Peoria, Ariz.

06/04/11 10:11 AM #2    

Mary Tannahill (Kelly)

Suzie was one of the nicest people I knew in Pacific Grove.  This is the first I've heard of her death and would belatedly like to tell her family how very sorry I am to hear that her life was cut so short.

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