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From there, investigations and DNA testing of Thornton’s family eventually tracked the remains to a federal database that included information about a then-unidentified body in Wyoming.
When investigators in Wyoming saw the picture, they didn’t recognize the woman but they did notice the background looked like Wyoming.
When investigators pressed him, asking if she was alive when he left her, he replied, “She was alive before I left her.” HE’S MURDERED BEFORE The charge filed Tuesday is the latest step in Alcala’s complex, sometimes byzantine criminal history.
Though he’s been in jail or prison since 1979, Alcala has been tried, convicted and retried for five sexual assault murders in Southern California.
The pictures, Ellis added, came with an unspoken message: “Here it is, and here we are.” HOW SHE WAS DISCOVERED One of those photos was of a pretty 20-something woman, wearing a yellow top and flip-flops and looking to be about six months pregnant, sitting atop a Kawasaki 500 motorcycle.
After Kathy Thornton saw the picture, in 2013, she called the source – Huntington Beach police.
THE PHOTOS In 2013, Thornton’s sister, Kathy Thornton, saw an online display of photos taken by Alcala decades earlier, and recognized the subject of one of those photos as her sister.
Ultimately, Alcala was only charged for assault and spent as little as 34 months behind prison walls.
He was arrested two months later for the assault of a 13-year-old.
After that, investigative work by police in Huntington Beach and Wyoming – and a link to a federal database, Nam US, which matches DNA evidence to remains of unidentified people – helped connect the alleged crime to the picture.
In all, about 200 Alcala photos were released to the public by Huntington Beach police in 2010, after Alcala was sentenced to death for five sexual assault slayings committed in the 1970s.
Some online news stories mention Alcala may have an estimated 50 to 130 victims, but the actual number is unknown.