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Cold Case Homicide Team identifies remains found 31 years ago in Thermal

Cold Case Homicide Team identifies remains found 31 years ago in Thermal

On Jan. 22, 1991, human remains were found in a wash area at the base of a hill in the area west of Avenue 62 and Madison Street in Thermal. Only bones were found and appeared to have been in the desert for a lengthy amount of time. The subsequent investigation by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department unfortunately produced no leads and the case, believed to be a suspicious death, went cold. Following a forensic genetic genealogy investigation , the remains have beenidentified as Kathryn Coffey of Baldwin Park.


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.