"I think the last thing he would have guessed is that somewhere up in Wyoming a case like this would be solved." A rancher found Thornton's body in a field in 1982, but her identity remained a mystery for more than three decades.
She was finally identified in 2014 after DNA linked her to her sister. Thornton's sisters had provided their DNA to the CODIS system and they were able to get an identification because her sisters never gave up looking for her," says Erramouspe.
At the time of her murder, Alcala was wanted for the rape and attempted murder of an 8-year-old girl in Hollywood, for which he was later convicted.
Hover's skeletal remains were discovered in 1978 on the Rockefeller estate in Westchester County, New York.
6, Wyoming authorities flew to California State Prison in Corcoran where Alcala has been housed since receiving a pacemaker in 2015. " – he stated, 'She was alive before I left.'" Erramouspe says they gave Alcala an aerial photo of the area and he told them, "This is my area." "We asked what he meant by that and he stated, 'I have been here before,' " Erramouspe says.
While on California's death row, Alcala pleaded guilty in New York in 2012 to the rape and murder of Cornelia Crilley and Manhattan socialite Ellen Jane Hover.
Alcala, a former photographer and typesetter for the , was previously convicted of the strangulation murder of a 12-year-old ballet student in Huntington Beach, California, as well as four Los Angeles-area women.
"I think the last thing he would have guessed is that somewhere up in Wyoming a case like this would be solved." A rancher found Thornton's body in a field in 1982, but her identity remained a mystery for more than three decades.The jewelry that was on her hand in the picture is the jewelry that was there with the remains.She was pregnant when the picture was taken and with her body was the remains of the unborn child as well." On Sept. When I questioned him – "Was she alive when you left?"If it wasn't for Christine's family continuing to look for her ... " "• Erramouspe says Thornton's family recognized a photo of her at six-months pregnant sitting on top of a Kawasaki motorcycle wearing a yellow top: Thornton's photo was one of hundreds released by the Huntington Beach Police Department in 2010 after Alcala was sentenced to death.The photos were found in a Seattle storage locker owned by the convicted serial killer.Crilley, a TWA flight attendant, was found raped and strangled with her own pantyhose in her apartment on New York City's Upper East Side on June 24, 1971.