She is the oldest unsolved murder victim in a city that has seen plenty of them during its wild existence. Evelyn Shank was the night clerk at the Travelodge and the victim of a
kidnap/robbery, Vegas cops say. Her relief worker arrived to discover the
switchboard/desk area unoccupied. When he could not locate Shank he
called cops. Detectives learned that $174.50 had been
taken from the till and an all-points bulletin was broadcast and road blocks were set up throughout the vicinity.
On February 7, 1959, Shank's body was found. A gunshot to the
head delivered death. Cops say a 1949-1950 Ford sedan (possibly dark blue) with the
headlights on was seen parked near the front door by the co-worker. When
he returned from searching for Shank -- the car was gone.
Anyone with information is urged call Las Vegas Metro Homicide Cold Case Detail at 702-828-COLD.