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    CA - Sandra McGee Steppuhn, 32, Seaside, 9 Dec 1982

    Contractor finds skeleton of missing Seaside woman

    About 3:20 p.m. Wednesday, police responded to the report of remains found in the yard of a home on the 1100 block of Third Street. The contractor found them while doing landscaping renovations.

    The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office Coroners Division identified the remains as Sandra McGee, who was reported missing in 1982.
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    http://www.thecalifornian.com/story/...oman/72011170/

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    I couldn't find a thread for Sandra, so I hope this isn't a duplicate.
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    The night she disappeared, Sandra picked up a hitchhiker named Alfred Powell. They were last seen at a gas station and were thought to be headed to a bar/nightclub, but didn't show up. In 1983, Alfred Powell was arrested for killing another young woman and is serving a life sentence. He's a suspect in another disappearance and another death.

    http://www.thecalifornian.com/story/...oman/72011170/

    Sandra had been driving a car she borrowed. Two month later, the car was found abandoned at a hotel construction site in Monterey. No blood was found in the car, but investigators did find a cigarette butt. The article said the cigarette butt was being tested for DNA. I don't know if that means it was being tested in 1983. Was DNA testing a technology that was used in the early 80's? If so, what were the results? If not, could the cigarette butt have been preserved and be testable more than 30 years later? There is currently an investigation.
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    Police are requesting that the public call with any information on Sandra McGee's disappearance.
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    Godspeed Sandra.

    She was beautiful.



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    Another image of McGee from the Doe Network:



    http://doenetwork.org/cases/1129dfca.html


    The number for the confidential tip line is 831-646-3840. People can also call the MPD Investigations Division at 831-646-3814 with information.
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    Alfred Powell Interviewed in Prison Regarding the Death of Sandra McGee

    I found a picture of Alfred Powell, the suspect in Sandra's disappearance:



    http://www.montereyherald.com/genera...nd-in-monterey
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    Monterey >> A body found by a landscaper in a Monterey yard last week has been identified as Seaside woman Sandra McGee, missing since 1982.

    Alfred Powell, currently serving life in prison for the 1983 murder of a Pebble Beach woman, lived in the detached garage on the 1100 block of Third Street where McGee’s and the Pebble Beach woman’s body were found. He is a person of interest in McGee’s death, police said. Powell was seen with McGee before she disappeared, police said.

    “It didn’t become a murder (case) until we found her (McGee),” Monterey police Lt. Jeff Jackson said Thursday. Powell, 27 at the time of McGee’s disappearance, was interviewed in a California prison by Monterey detectives earlier this week, Jackson said. He added he couldn’t comment on what Powell might have told detectives.
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    Alfred Powell has some creepy, scary, dead eyes. Yikes!
    I guess that's what to expect from a no good murdering slag.



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    "Monterey cold case: Discovery of remains brings closure to family"

    http://www.montereyherald.com/genera...sure-to-family

    “I was mad at her, I had to take care of my sisters and she was gone,” said Gidgette Bridgers, one of three daughters of McGee Steppuhn.

    Bridgers was 13 at the time and attending Monterey High.

    “She (her mother) was there all the time,” said Bridgers, referring to the fact her mother was buried in a backyard about a mile and half from the school.
    McGee Steppuhn was known for “her smile and her laugh,” said Steppuhn. “She was a dedicated mother, she was adventurous, too adventurous actually … she loved her children, she loved life.”

    Bridgers echoed her father’s description. “My mom was hilarious,” she said. “She had one of those laughs and if you heard her chuckling you would want to see who it was.”
    Steppuhn said he had minimal contact with police when his wife went missing and that media reports that he was out of state at the time were incorrect because he was in Mountain View. He believes that because it was a “missing persons” case, it did not get the scrutiny it might have otherwise received.

    “A mother with three children just doesn’t disappear. It doesn’t happen that way,” he said. “She was a good mother.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by JusticeWillBeServed View Post
    "Monterey cold case: Discovery of remains brings closure to family"

    http://www.montereyherald.com/genera...sure-to-family
    From your link, Justice:

    <<snipped>> Powell, who was seen with McGee Steppuhn, the night before she was reported missing, is serving a 15-years-to-life sentence with the possibility of parole in a state prison.
    BBM This seems to contradict other articles I have read. If this is true and prosecutors believe there is sufficient evidence linking Alfred Powell to Sandra's murder (there appears to be much circumstantial evidence against him but, again, DNA results from the cigarette butt could be critical to the case), I hope they will pursue the murder case of Sandra McGee Steppuhn. Powell should not be eligible for parole. He is a danger to society. IMO, there is no closure until Powell is convicted of Sandra's murder.

    As a side note, I wonder why investigators did not initially search the property where Powell lived, especially after the body of another victim was found on the property just 3 months after Sandra disappeared. LE knew that Sandra was last seen with Alfred Powell and, by March 1983, knew that he was a killer. JMO

    <<snipped>> A landscaper found the remains Sept. 2 buried in the backyard of a home on the 1100 block of Third Avenue in Monterey. This is the same property where unemployed hairdresser Alfred Powell lived in the garage in 1982. He was convicted in 1983 of murdering Suzanne Nixon, 30, of Pebble Beach, whose badly beaten body was found in a shed in the garage.
    http://www.montereyherald.com/genera...sure-to-family

    <<snipped>> At the time of her disappearance, there was speculation that McGee was killed and buried under the foundation of the Hyatt Regency Monterey. The hotel was under construction and the car McGee was driving was found in the parking lot. Stories that McGee was buried under the hotel were later dismissed as rumors.
    http://www.montereyherald.com/genera...nd-in-monterey
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    If they still have the cigarette butt, extracting DNA is possible. DNA was not used in the US until the 1990s. The first case using DNA was in the UK in 1989. Check out "The Blooding," by Joseph Wambaugh.
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    Peninsula Cold Case Project: 1982 cold cases may be related

    http://www.kionrightnow.com/news/loc...lated/36761684

    In September of 1982, 18-year-old Sheila Chavez was found murdered in a ravine next to the Monterey Public Library. She had gone missing a month beforehand. In December of 1982, 32-year-old Sandra McGee went missing. Her remains were found this past September.

    "Sandra was located at his residence where he used to live,” Monterey Police Detective Bryan Kruse said. “The same place Ms. Nixon was also discovered. And the connection would be that Sheila Chavez, when they did their investigation back in 1982, Mr. Powell's name came up in that case as well."

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    From the same link above:

    In the meantime, McGee’s daughter has a message to Powell.

    "I don't want him to ever step foot outside of prison again because just like my mom was buried in the ground and was never able to see her children grow up, her grandchildren, the successes, the failures that any of us have experienced,” Gigi Bridgers said. “He is not entitled to ever be in the arms of another woman or to ever know what it's like to be truly loved and that no matter what, he did not defeat my mom's legacy."

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    Monterey 1982 cold case solved, suspect to be charged

    http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/...b53637768.html

    Monterey County District Attorney Dean Flippo announced Tuesday that Powell, who is currently serving a life sentence at Solano State Prison for the 1983 murder of a Pebble Beach woman, has been charged with the murder of McGee.

    Powell is set to be arraigned at the Salinas courthouse on Wednesday, June 1, on one count of first-degree murder for McGee’s death.

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    Witnesses testify in preliminary hearing for Seaside mother's 1982 murder case

    http://www.kionrightnow.com/news/loc...-case/40193398

    Monterey County Deputy District Attorney Matthew L'Heureux said Judge Julie Culver believes there is enough evidence to move forward with a murder trial in the 1982 death of Sandra McGee.

    Powell faces a murder charge with a special allegation because of a previous conviction.

    Powell will be back in court July 7 to enter a plea. A trial date may be set at that time.
    During a preliminary hearing on Thursday, McGee’s old roommates talked about the night the 32-year-old mother of three went missing. They explained how she picked up a hitchhiker and brought him to their Seaside home before leaving with him. They went into detail about how the man made them feel uneasy and described him as “standoffish.” They identified him as Alfred Powell, saying they remembered his eyes, saying “there was nothing in them, they were dead.”



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