By Elisabeth Smith

SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY (CBS13) — Investigators in San Joaquin County are asking for help to solve a cold case from the 80s.

Officials say a neighbor found Virginia White dead inside her apartment on December 9, 1981. She had been badly beaten.

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According to a release from the District Attorney’s office, White had just retired from her job as a food service worker at the Stockton State Hospital. She had lived alone in an apartment for over 11 years and was known as the “Candy Lady” to her co-workers, friends and neighbors, the release said.

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Officials said White was also known to loan people money “without hesitation or reservation.” She was described as cheerful, generous and trusting.

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Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact SPD Detective Cliff Johnson at 209-937-8323.