On February 16, 1986, a woman’s remains were found in Warner Springs, California. The police were able to establish that she had been murdered.
But who she was remained a mystery until a breakthrough using DNA genealogy.
San Diego police announced Tuesday that the woman has been identified.
– It took 37 years to identify her, to solve that mystery, says Tim Chantler of the San Diego police.
She was Claudette Jean Zebolsky Powers who was born in Michigan in January 1962 but later moved to San Diego.
The last time anyone heard from Claudette was in September 1984 after her father’s death.
Little sister’s plea
However, Tim Chantler points out that the person who murdered Claudette Jean Zebolsky Powers is still on the loose.
– Now we have to go through her whole life. Where did she live, where did she work, who did she know? Did she date anyone? Who were her friends? That’s what we’re starting with now, a completely new mystery unlike the one we’ve just solved, says Tim Chantler.
Claudette’s little sister Laura Freese is appealing to the public to get in touch if you know anything that could contribute to solving the murder mystery.
– Please get in touch if you knew my sister and know what happened to her, says Laura Freese.
She says it has been “very tough” for the family ever since Claudette disappeared.
– We need an end, says Laura Freese.
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