Sunday, December 3

Oregon woman murdered by ‘Happy Face Killer’ ID’d in 30-year cold case

SALEM, Pray. — After nearly 30 years, California authorities have identified an Oregon woman killed by the “Happy Face Killer.”

On June 3, 1993, Patricia Skiple’s body was found by a truck driver who stopped on the side of California State Route 152 in unincorporated Gilroy, about a half-hour south of San Jose. The woman was dressed in blue denim when she was found by detectives from the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office. An autopsy classified her death of her as “undetermined,” and with no leads on her identity of her, authorities referred to her as “Blue Pacheco.”

Detectives resurfaced the case a few years ago to follow up on leads. With the help of DNA Doe Project, a non-profit organization that provides investigative genetic genealogy services to identify “John and Jane Does,” they were able to uncover Ella’s Skiple’s identity last week and confirm her killer, Keith Hunter Jesperson.

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