CA Genise Rispin, 13, and Edwin Miller, 16, Lake Elsinore, August 1970

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  1. Cali2STL

    Cali2STL New Member

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    8 years ago I was researching Ortega Highway (SR 74) that stretches from Lake Elsinore to San Juan Capistrano, CA. Ortega Highway is notorious for for mainly its grisly car and motorcycle accidents due to its mountainous roads that serves as a shortcut to commuters who live in cheaper Riverside County but work in Orange County. Ortega Highway is also known for being the site of murders and a dumping ground for the murdered. A simple Google search will give you the names of victims such as Samantha Runnion, Jane Bautista, Kenneth Stahl and Carolyn Oppy-Stahl along with countless Jane and John Doe's. The same search will give you the name of monsters like Randy Kraft, William Bonin, and Patrick Kearney.

    During my research two names have haunted me to this day even after I abandoned my research. Genise Rispin and Edwin Miller. A teenage couple that disappeared on their way to a go cart track in the late summer of 1970. Their bodies discovered days and miles apart weeks after they disappeared. I was obsessed with learning more about them and who committed this crime which remains unsolved to this day. I did some research and email correspondence with people that knew and loved them but quit after I was told by a loved one that someone confessed years ago while in prison and has since died.

    I moved to St. Louis in 2013 and had tucked away the names Genise and Edwin to the back of my mind until I got an email from Daniel Salcedo, an investigator for Orange County Sheriff Department's Cold Case Task Force on August 21, 2017 (email attached). I talked to him and sent all the info I had (I keep everything) and asked him to let me know when they have non sensitive developments for closure's sake. He assured me he would but I haven't heard from him again. Assuming that there has been no developments, he has forgotten me, or chosen not to contact me. Regardless, I am still wanting to know what happen to Genise and Edwin. I NEED TO KNOW!

    Anyways, I feel I should get their story out there to the WS community because back during my adult student days (CJ degree) and gaining interest in the Ortega Highway after the Samantha Runnion murder... I actually went to the Alejandro Avila trial one day and WSers were there also. One thing that is true is WSers get things done! I have theories about Genise and Edwin's murders but in the meantime here is what is known based on newspaper articles.
    • Both disappeared August 29, 1970 after 9:30 PM in Elsinore (present day Lake Elsinore)
    • Edwin was discovered in a shallow grave August 30th on Ortega Highway 15 miles from Lake Elsinore and 14 miles east from Genise's body.
    • Genise was discovered September 13th near Camino Capistrano Rd. in San Juan Capistrano under some trees.
    • Genise was strangled but not sexually assaulted (fully clothed).
    • Edwin was strangled (fully clothed).
    I have no photos of Genise or Edwin. I did ask the investigator to share a photo of them so I could put a face to the names after all these years. Thanks for reading this and I look forward to working with you!

    Chris
     

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  2. cobalt sky

    cobalt sky Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for sharing this case! So they were walking on busy Riverside Drive on their way to a Go Kart track, this was in the evening around 9pm. I read in one of the attachments above, I think it was an email from LE, that Edwin was known to hitchhike. They never made it to the GoKart track, so I wonder if they hitchhiked, or maybe someone driving by had their eye on Genise and offered them a ride? One might conclude that they were then drove to a more remote area and then something bad happened, resulting in both of their murders. It's weird though that they were found so far apart from each other. I wonder if someone murdered Edwin first to get him out of the way, and then kept Genise alive and drove her to another location to assault her before murdering her. IMO just because she was found fully clothed does not mean that someone didn't assault her and then instruct her to get dressed again. Also, a woman doesn't have to be naked to be forced to perform sexual acts.

    It's so sad that there aren't any pictures of these two!! They were so young, she only 13, he only 16 :(.
     
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    Cali2STL New Member

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    Back in 1970 I am not so sure that Riverside Drive was busy. Looked at old aerial photos of Lake Elsinore and there was little building and a ton of groves.

    If I remember correctly they didn't begin their trek from the mobile home park where they were staying. They were at a friends house. (Will have to double check this).

    How is someone able to successfully alter Genise and Edwin's course to somewhere miles away?
    I believe one of the following is true about the offender. Sorry if they are obvious.

    1. Someone they knew and trusted.
    2. Law Enforcement Officer or impersonator.
    3. Offender had a partner when they picked up the hitchhikers.
    4. Offender had a gun to make them comply after picking them up.

    You are correct about sexual assault and I never ruled out that either or both were sexually assaulted just not in the way 1960s and 70s LE were accustomed to.

    Why did the suspect or suspects take the time to bury Edwin? Easier to just dump him like Genise. Was he buried while Genise was still alive? If so was she lucid, unconscious, or under the control of a partner?

    The distance and disposal methods make this a complex case to wrap your mind around.
     
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    cobalt sky Well-Known Member

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    Oh I don't know for sure, I only said busy because one of the articles above had described it as a "busy" road. But maybe their idea of "busy" isn't what we would actually consider "busy" as in big city busy. Maybe "busy" for that area lol.

    I just don't know! It's weird in the first place that they were separated and found so far apart from each other. I had considered maybe they stumbled upon something they shouldn't have seen and were killed because of that, but then why not just kill them and leave them together? Why so many miles apart? And yes, why bury Edwin but not Genise?

    Anything suspicious about the people that stumbled upon the bodies?
     
  5. Cali2STL

    Cali2STL New Member

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    Edwin was found by someone relieving themselves but wasn't reported until the next day. Genise was discovered by two hitchhikers on their way to San Diego.
     

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