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DORIS DERRYBERRY & VALERIE LANE: 13 & 12 year olds murdered in Marysville, CA - Nov 1973 *SOLVED*

Discussion in 'Cold Cases' started by fran, Sep 14, 2016.

  1. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Arrests have been made in the cold case for the murder of Doris Derryberry age 13 and Valerie Lane age 12. They were reported missing November 12, 1973 after not returning home from a trip to the mall.

    Arrests Made In Cold Case Killings Of 2 Northern California Girls

    MARYSVILLE, Yuba County (CBS / AP) — Decades-old DNA led to the arrests Tuesday of two men in connection with the shotgun slayings of two girls in California more than 40 years ago, authorities said.

    They arrested one suspect in Oklahoma and another in California after comparing their DNA with semen from two men found on one of the victims, 13-year-old Doris Karen Derryberry.

    She and 12-year-old Valerie Janice Lane, both of Olivehurst, California, were reported missing by their mothers on Nov. 12, 1973, after they failed to return from a shopping mall in nearby Linda that the girls had visited the previous day.

    A few hours later, the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department was notified that the bodies of two girls had been found alongside a dirt road in a wooded area near Marysville, north of Sacramento, where they had been shot at close range with a shotgun, Sheriff Steve Durfor said Tuesday.

    Arrested Tuesday were two 65-year-old cousins, Larry Don Patterson of Oakhurst, Oklahoma, and William Lloyd Harbour of Olivehurst, California. Both were 22 at the time of the killings and living in Olivehurst, a small agricultural town in California’s Central Valley.

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  2. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    After 43 years, arrests made in Yuba County girls' killings

    Detecives: 2 girls killed by shotgun blasts outside Wheatland

    Larry Don Patterson, 65, and William Lloyd Harbour, 65, were taken into custody by US Marshals and other law enforcement agencies on homicide charges, officials said.

    "We express our sympathy and condolences to the families of Valerie and Doris after enduring decades of not knowing who was responsible for the brutal murders," Sheriff Steve Durfor said in a news conference.

    Valerie Janice Lane, 12, and Doris Karen Derryberry, 13, both from Olivehurst, were good friends and were together on Nov. 11, 1973, when they left the Derryberry's house to go shopping at a mall in the nearby town of Linda.


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  3. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    2 men arrested in California girls' 1973 killings

    Then in March of 2014, Yuba County investigators reviewed the case for evidence that could be retested with newer technology. Evidence collected during the original investigation were reviewed and submitted to the California Department of Justice Forensic Labs for analysis.

    That December, testing revealed that DNA evidence was matched and identified the two men as suspects -- and the case was reopened.

    The U.S. Marshals Service said Patterson was arrested in Oklahoma's Creek County, southwest of Tulsa. Patterson was being held in the local jail on multiple charges involving the deaths, but also was being held as an unregistered sex offender, according to Tommy Roberts, the supervisory deputy U.S. marshal in Tulsa.

    No other details about the men were immediately available.

    read more ...... http://www.koco.com/news/2-men-arre...nnection-to-1973-killings-of-2-girls/41649796
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  4. TribeofTiger

    TribeofTiger Well-Known Member

    The current hunt to find the murderers of the two girls in Delphi reminded me of this sad event. The arrests and imprisonment of these two after 40 years offers the hope that justice may be slow, but it is unavoidable. In 40 years, what fabulous new forensic technology will there be?
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  5. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    That's a really good question!
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  6. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    So Commited a "Sex Crime" after this Victim. RELEASED. (Patterson). 1st of 2 Suspects. Then FAILS TO REGISTER AS A "SEX OFFENDER" IT DOSEN'T WORK. KEEPING THEM CAGED, WORKS!!!
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