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Remains of woman reported missing from Tustin in 1977 identified by the Riverside County Regional Cold Case Team

Remains of woman reported missing from Tustin in 1977 identified by the Riverside County Regional Cold Case Team

Remains found off the Ortega Highway in 1986 have been identified as missing Tustin woman


Victim in 1994 cold case death identified through forensic genealogy

Victim in 1994 cold case death identified through forensic genealogy

The victim in a 1994 cold case death has been identified through a DNA sample.

In 2021, the Riverside County DA’s Regional Cold Case Homicide Team had a DNA sample created for the purposes of forensic genealogy. In mid-December 2021, the Cold Case Team was notified that the state Department of Justice had issued a final report showing strong support that the victim in the 1994 death was Patricia Cavallaro, with a birthdate of March 22, 1937.