Posted: Mar 23, 2011 11:07 AM by Monica Quintero & Bethany Tucker, KSBY News
Updated: Mar 24, 2011 7:19 AM
The Lompoc Police Department says it has found the jawbone of a woman who went missing nearly a decade ago.
Dana McPeek went missing on May 3, 2001. Investigators then called her disappearance "suspicious." She was 33 years old at the time.
Wednesday morning, officers from the Lompoc Police Department announced that a few weeks ago a man was searching for artifacts in a rural area of northern Santa Barbara County and found the lower jawbone. He turned it into authorities.
After examining the jawbone, officers say they confirmed it is McPeek's. Authorities still don't know what caused her death. They say the recent bad weather is hampering their investigation of the area in which the jawbone was found.
At Wednesday morning's press conference, authorities say they plan to reanalyze some of their old evidence in the case. McPeek was last seen alive in a pick-up truck. The truck was later found with no sign of McPeek. Officers say they plan to resubmit the vehicle and a fingerprint found back into evidence.
Investigators say they still have no suspects in McPeek's death.
McPeek's brother spoke out at Wednesday's press conference. Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown was also there. The case is near to Sheriff Brown, he was Lompoc's Chief of Police at the time of McPeek's disappearance.
KSBY News will have more on this story tonight on our news at 5:00 and 6:00.
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