Hoffman said the first clue to the skeletons tentative identification came from Harold Thacker, a retired Vallejo police sergeant and now a criminal investigator to Mare Island. Hoffman said Thacker supplied the name of the missing Chinese girl after reading yesterday's Times-Herald account of the discovery of the skeleton. Thacker told Hoffman he recalled talking to the missing girl's father at Mare Island when he made inquiries at the shipyard after his daughter was reportedly last seen there. Hoffman said a check of Police Department records uncovered a missing persons report involving Deana Hooper which had been filed by her sister in Vallejo. Police immediately contacted the sister with the result to the skeletons' identity. Hoffman said confirmations of the identification rests with an examination of the Sonoma girl's dental charts, which have been released by a Napa dentist for checking with he skeleton's teeth.
Hoffman said it is his belief the skeleton found Tuesday by an Oakland chiropractor and his 8-year-old son flying kites on the Azevedo Ranch, had lain in the field undetected since last July 12. He indicated the location of the skeleton in high weeds 40 feet east of the nearest roadway would have made it virtually impossible for someone to see the remains, unless a passerby stumbled by accident on that site. Hoffman said the skeleton now is being examined by an anthropologist at the University of California at Davis in the hope of determining the cause of the death. Meanwhile, he said the police investigation into the girls' disappearance is continuing.
Here is a map showing 901 Georgia Street and St Johns Mine Road.
Images along Saint Johns Mine created by Samuel Dapore-Scwartz.
#1] Established in 1892, Mare Island Golf Club in Vallejo, California is the oldest golf course west of the Mississippi River. Originally built as a 9-hole course, its first 30 years included sand greens and dry fairways. The course began near the former Marine Barracks and proceeded south to Lake Rodgers (built in 1876 and named after Rear Admiral Rodgers), then returned to the start.
#2] San Francisco Chronicle July 31st 1969 "Dear Editor This is the murderer of the 2 teenagers last Christmass at Lake Herman + the girl on the 4th of July near the golf course in Vallejo."
#3] Enlisted Men's Club on Mare Island at the Naval Inshore Operations Training Center.
Was the killer a serviceman with golfing ties, who knew this quiet retreat near Blue Rock Springs golf course was the ideal dumping ground for a body, just a short distance from the road.