Trimble’s parents are deceased, but several other relatives were in attendance.Graham’s parents, who live in Forestville, were not present but Graham’s brother flew in from Utah to be there.
He did not know how they would have traveled to get there.Solving the case is a tribute to the vast improvements made in DNA testing and other forensic technology as well as perseverance on the part of the many detectives and other people and organizations that kept the case alive, Allman said.“I hope you never believed we’d forgotten this case,” Allman told the girls’ families.Our accommodations are elegant yet charming, luxurious but still cozy.Relax in front of a romantic fireplace or watch the sunset from your private deck.About 90 percent of their skeletal remains, along with an earring featuring a tiny, dangling bird carved out of shell, were found near the Highway 20 turnout 12 miles west of Willits, where the Sacramento man took a walk that fateful July day in 1979.
The exact dates the girls were reported missing is unclear.
At least two former sheriff’s officials who investigated the original case attended Tuesday’s conference.
“This is a case you remember,” said former Sheriff Jim Tuso, who was a patrol sergeant in 1979.
The bones were re-exhumed, re-examined and their DNA tested again in 2011, when the BBC teamed with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for a story on cold cases in the United States.
Following tips about the girls’ identities, the DNA samples — tested by the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification — were conclusively matched to their families late last year.
Forensic odontologist Jim Wood, now a state assemblyman, was the first to question the familial relationship between the victims when he examined their teeth in 2000, following the first of two re-examinations of the remains, Allman said.