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  1. #16
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    Very interesting information about the rarity of this Fiat, again from Pintopower:

    Well, the shape of the cars rear section does give the idea of a hatchback rather than a wagon. These were not good sellers in the US. I would be amazed if over 2000 were sold here. I am thinking more like 1000.

    I'm hoping it's a good sign that we don't have any reports of a missing woman whose yellow Fiat was found abandoned in the desert or elsewhere, but it still would be nice to hear from whoever this woman is. And that's just assuming it was actually hers, who's to say it wasn't a borrowed car or a rental?

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    **UPDATE** This girl has been identified by LE as being alive. No other info or name.

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    My book, More Than Just A Pretty Face, about the unidentified photos of Rodney Alcala, will be published in 2017. Please visit and join my Facebook group to get all of the most recent information.





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    NAMPN has a new casefile for Christine Ruth Thornton, which shows the Alcala woman on the motorcycle.

    http://www.nampn.org/cases/thornton_christine.html

    Christine has been missing since August 1977, and Apparently, her family believes that she is the woman on the motorcycle. Someone had come forward claiming to be Christine and saying that she is the woman on the motorcycle.
    Last edited by CarlK90245; 10-24-2014 at 01:31 AM.

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    How do the authorities go about "verifying" when someone comes forward like that, especially after so many years? Do they generally just take the person's word, or... ?

  5. #20
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    Well, I can answer from experience. The Huntington Beach P. D. told me they have no record of the lady on the motorcycle identifying herself as alive. When asked how they can then post that she has been identified, they have no answer.
    The reason I know this is because the young lady on that motorcycle is my eldest sister. She went missing in 1977.
    I have been trying by any means possible, to get answers...to so many questions. I hope that this forum will help.

  6. #21
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    You are correct. The NAMPN case was originated by me. I am Chris' youngest sister. She is also registered on NamUs.
    There is no doubt that woman on the motorcycle is my sister. As someone mentioned, Chris had an unusual baby toe on her left foot; on both feet actually. All of our family has positively identified her, which was quite a shock for all of us.
    I appreciate your post.

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    Should the "Found Alive" be removed?

  8. #23
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    Matches the Timeline

    Per our Timeline thread, Alcala visited a family in El Paso, TX, on August 11, 1977. (I can find no independent reference to this event on the web anymore.) The locker picture of Christine looks plausible for west Texas. My memories of the San Antonio (central TX) region she disappeared from circa 1971 are of parched-looking high grass dotted with stunted little mesquite trees. I'm guessing the picture was taken closer to El Paso.

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    Made a mess with the above and can't seem to edit it now. She disappeared in August 1977 from San Antonio, some hundreds of miles East of where he was on August 11, 1977. If she was heading to LA and he was heading back there, it might plausibly be anywhere along the way. *I* was in San Antonio in 1971, dating the observation as if the terrain type was going to change year by year or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarlK90245 View Post
    NAMPN has a new casefile for Christine Ruth Thornton, which shows the Alcala woman on the motorcycle.

    [url]http://www.nampn.org/cases/thornton_christine.hSomeone had come forward claiming to be Christine and saying that she is the woman on the motorcycle.
    If this was true shouldnt LE remove her file from NAMUS?


  11. #26
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    Why? Christine is still missing. They actually use the motorcycle picture. Her sister might be able to date the picture because of the lenght of her hair and the clothes she's wearing.

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    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...stine+Thornton

    Turns out Christine is one of the Sweetwater Jane Does, and Rodney Alcala has been charged with her murder.
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    Old news but I am placing this link for completeness

    Convicted serial killer Rodney Alcala was charged with murder Tuesday in Wyoming in the killing of a woman reported missing in 1977 – a charge authorities credited, in part, to information from the Huntington Beach Police Department.

    Alcala, 73, a former child photographer convicted in Orange County for a string of murders in Southern California, remains at California’s Corcoran State Prison and is sentenced to death.

    The man once nicknamed “The Dating Game Killer” because he appeared on that game show while in the midst of his killing rampage may have as many as 130 victims across the country, police in Wyoming said Tuesday, citing estimates by authorities. Some online news stories mention Alcala may have an estimated 50 to 130 victims, but the actual number is unknown.

    Prosecutors in Rock Springs, Wyo., said Tuesday that one of those victims was Christine Ruth Thornton, 28, of San Antonio. They said Alcala met Thornton and killed her while on a road trip, then buried her on a ranch in Granger, Wyo.

    Thornton was about six months pregnant at the time of her death, according to the warrant for Alcala’s arrest.

    Though prosecutors said her body was uncovered by a rancher in Wyoming in 1982, Thornton’s alleged link to Alcala wasn’t known for decades.
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