Media on Evans



Thank you Stephen D for going through the microfilm for these... Getting arrested seems to have aged Evans quickly!
 

Finding the Allenstown killer: Calif. case shows killer's lies

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DNA led victim's daughter to Granite State, revealing her link to Allenstown murders

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DNA led victim's daughter to Granite State, revealing her link to Allenstown murders

- See more at: http://www.unionleader.com/DNA-led-victims-daughter-to-Granite-State#sthash.g8ElIkq7.dpufAn adopted daughter's search for her rrots

 

California police investigate man linked to NH killings (Feb 15)

 

Retiring Calif. Detective Recalls Catching the ‘Chameleon’ Killer, Now Connected to Infamous N.H. Case (Feb 13)

   

 "The Tale of the Abandoned Girl’s DNA that Led to a Notorious Cold Case"(Feb 07)

 

 

NH investigators pledge to identify Bob Evans' victims  By SHAWNE K. WICKHAM    Union Leader January 29, 2017


Four victims, three of them little girls, thrown away like garbage, their bodies wrapped in plastic trash bags, bound with electrical wiring and stuffed in barrels.

Four people with no one to mourn them.

Last week, authorities moved closer to solving a mystery that had confounded them for decades. They now believe a man who killed a California woman in 2002 was responsible for the Allenstown murders - and the likely murder of Denise Beaudin, a 23-year-old Goffstown woman missing since 1981.

Still, so many questions remain unanswered.

    -What happened to Denise? She left Manchester with her 6-month-old baby Dawn and a man calling himself Bob Evans - the man police now believe was a serial killer.
    -Where did Evans go between 1981 and 1984, when he showed up in California with Beaudin's daughter, calling her Lisa?
    -Where was Evans - aka Curtis Kimball, Gordon Jenson (or Jensen), Larry Vanner and Gerald Mockerman - between 1990, when he fled parole in California, and 2002, when he reappeared in the Golden State and went to prison for murdering his girlfriend?
    -Who - and where - is the mother of his child? The remains of a little girl, believed to be 2-to-4 years old, were found with those of a younger girl in a barrel in Allenstown in 2000. DNA testing proved Evans was her father. Officials fear her mother may be one of his victims too.
    -Who is the father of the other two children found in Allenstown?
    -How many victims are there - and where?

Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeffery Strelzin last week said police usually start with a victim and look for the murderer. Here, police believe they have their man but the identity of his victims remains illusive.

Authorities said they hope to learn more about Evans' whereabouts and activities during that 12-year gap between 1990 and 2002. They know he stole a car in Idaho in 1988, and have cited 11 other states and Quebec, Canada, as other places Evans may have been in the 1970s and 1980s.

But Detective Sgt. Michael Kokoski of the New Hampshire State Police cold case unit said he's also concerned about where Evans was - and what he did - before he arrived in Manchester in the late 1970s.

Evans would have been in his early to mid-30s back then, and Kokoski said those years are when killers are most likely to commit their crimes.

"The bottom line is, with somebody who has potentially traveled this extensively, really nothing is off the table in terms of the possibilities of where he's been or what he's done."

Kokoski said it's gratifying to have at least some answers in a case that has vexed officials for decades. But he said there's a lot of work yet to be done, to really solve the case.

Carol Schweitzer of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children said she's more optimistic than ever that the Allenstown victims will be identified, with the public's help. "It's just a matter of time," she said.

No bit of information is too minor to report. "The smallest thing could really help blow this thing wide open."

Someone out there knew this woman, these children, Schweitzer said. The girls had fathers; the adult woman had parents, other relatives.

They must have gone to doctors, dentists, school. "I think there are people who remember her, that miss them," she said. "I think we just haven't found them yet. They haven't been able to connect this story to their circumstances and what could have happened to their missing loved ones."

Kokoski said state police have received about two dozen tips since last Thursday's news conference.

For those who have worked on the Allenstown case for years, justice means finding the identity of the victims.

Shaun Mulholland is town manager in Allenstown; until 2013, he was the town's police chief. He said the inability to identify the woman and children whose bodies were disposed of in barrels has been an "immense frustration" all these years.

"Finding out the identities of the victims is critical," Mulholland said.

Schweitzer agreed. "You had an offender that killed four people, put them in barrels, put them in the woods, hoping that they were never going to be found," she said. "Well, they were.

"They were found; they were not forgotten."

And Kokoski vowed, "This case will not be closed until we know who these victims are and until we're confident we don't have any others out there."

NH investigators pledge to identify Bob Evans' victims

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DNA led victim's daughter to Granite State, revealing her link to Allenstown murders  By SHAWNE K. WICKHAM    Union Leader January 28, 2017   

 

An adopted daughter's search for her identity was the break in a decades-old case that led New Hampshire authorities to the man they believe killed victims on both coasts.


The woman at the heart of the disturbing case, revealed by authorities last week at a news conference in Concord, grew up thinking of herself as Lisa Jenson.

Now in her mid-30s, she recently learned that the man she once thought of as her father was a serial killer - and most likely murdered her mother.

Authorities also believe that man, who called himself Bob Evans when he lived in New Hampshire, murdered a woman and three young girls whose bodies were dumped in barrels in Allenstown sometime in the late 1970s or early 1980s. Evans died in 2010 in a California prison, where he was serving time for the 2002 murder of a girlfriend.

Carol Schweitzer is supervisor of the forensic services unit at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). She's been working on the Allenstown case for years - and also helped Lisa discover her true identity.

Schweitzer said the connection to Lisa's case began in 2004, when California authorities asked for the center's help to identify a child who had been abandoned 19 years earlier in a trailer park by a man they thought was her father.

"They knew she was abandoned in 1985 and they had never been able to locate her family because the offender absconded after he abandoned her," she said.


But in 2002, a man calling himself Larry Vanner was arrested for murder in Contra Costa County, Calif. The dismembered body of Eunsoon Jun was discovered in the basement of the home she had shared with Vanner; a bloody saw, axe and meat cleaver were found nearby.

Investigators learned that Vanner had gone by several aliases over the years. They matched his fingerprints to those of Curtis Kimball, a man wanted for a parole violation 12 years earlier.


That man had served time for abandoning his daughter in 1985, when he was going by the name Gordon Jenson. But he fled parole and was a fugitive for 12 years before reappearing in California in 2002 as Larry Vanner.

And that, Schweitzer said, is when authorities learned through DNA testing that the man who had abandoned Lisa was not her biological father.


"That's when everyone started asking, where did he get her from?" recalled Peter Headley, a deputy sheriff with the San Bernadino County (Calif.) Sheriff's Department. "Who is she?"

No longer was it a case of child abandonment; now police were looking at an abduction.

In 2004, the San Bernadino department contacted NCMEC asking if Lisa matched the description of any of the missing children they had in their files.


She didn't.


Headley said his department spent years trying to follow Curtis Kimball's trail backward to try to figure out who Lisa was and where she'd come from.

Detectives even interviewed Vanner in prison, he said. "He would not even admit to knowing who she is or having her. At that point he just denied everything."

In 2014, they decided to try to learn Lisa's identity through one of the online DNA databases that folks can use to search their family histories. Working with a genetic genealogist, they submitted Lisa's DNA and hoped for a match.

And last year they found one, a cousin in New Hampshire.


Lisa, Headley said, "has always been extremely grateful for everything anybody does for her."

So he said, "It was just great to be able to call her up and tell her we figured out who she is."


Headley said they were able to confirm her identity through her grandfather's DNA.

But they also learned something ominous about her mother.

Denise Beaudin was just 23 years old when she and her 6-month-old daughter Dawn left Manchester just after Thanksgiving in 1981 with a man the family knew as Bob Evans. They were never heard from again.

"The family was led to believe that Denise and the suspect owed money to everyone and they were running from money trouble," Headley said. So the family never reported Denise and the baby missing.

"That's when we put it together that she's a missing person," Headley said.

They didn't yet realize that Lisa's story was about to collide with a decades-old murder mystery.

In 2008, New Hampshire authorities had contacted NCMEC, asking for help to identify four victims whose bodies had been found in barrels in Allenstown years earlier.

In 1985, a hunter had made a grisly discovery in the woods near Bear Brook State Park: a 55-gallon barrel containing the remains of an adult woman and a child. Fifteen years later, authorities found a second barrel, the remains of two more little girls inside.

NCMEC had worked with forensic specialists to reconstruct what the woman and three girls may have looked like when they were killed. And DNA testing had revealed that the woman and two of the children were maternally related.

The third and "middle" child was an outlier, unrelated to the rest.

Detective Sgt. Michael Kokoski of the New Hampshire State Police's cold case unit has worked on the Allenstown case for years. He said the DNA testing that linked Lisa to New Hampshire and Denise Beaudin - and Bob Evans - was the key that broke open the case.
.
"If that California connection had never been made, I don't know where we would be with these cases," he said.

Police from here and California exchanged photos that proved Evans was the same man who called himself Vanner, Gordon and Kimball, Kokoski said.

"You had somebody who's a convicted murderer and now you've got him tied to New Hampshire, tied to the disappearance of a woman that nobody has known is missing."

And right away, he said, Manchester and state police started wondering if there was a connection to the Allenstown victims.

They learned that Evans had worked at the Waumbec Mills in Manchester as an electrician. He had also done some work for the man who owned the Allenstown property where the victims were found - including dumping waste from the mill at that property, according to authorities.

The Allenstown victims had been wrapped in plastic and electrical wiring.

The evidence seemed promising.


Police in California had Evans' DNA; authorities sent it out to test for a match to the Allenstown victims.

"It was almost like a shot in the dark," Schweitzer recalled.


And last October, the testing found the link investigators were looking for: Bob Evans was the biological father of the middle child, the one who was unrelated to the other three victims.

That, Kokoski recalled, "was the real Eureka moment, that connection to the victims."

K
okoski said Evans' name had actually surfaced in 2014, but investigators couldn't find anything to tie him to the Allenstown case. "With this California nexus, and the direct link to the victims, that was huge," he said.


"We were all shocked," Schweitzer recalled, "but at the same time very pleased to hear that this was an answer we had been waiting for for a long time."

A
nd now, she said, "We're more optimistic than ever to be able to identify these victims, knowing this piece."


One possible scenario is that Evans and his daughter met a woman who had two girls of her own. "Did he come into town with his daughter, posing as a single dad?" Schweitzer asked.

That's what he did when he arrived in California in 1984, posing as Lisa's father, she said. "I think it's very possible that he met this other family when it was just him and his daughter, but we don't know that."

Kokoski said it's likely that Evans killed the Allenstown victims before he got involved with Denise Beaudin. Police are hoping to jog the memories of people who may remember a man with a young daughter who spent time with a woman who had two girls of her own.

As strange and terrible as her early childhood was, in the end Lisa was the lucky one.


The man who apparently killed his own daughter and stuffed her small body in a barrel spared Denise Beaudin's daughter, leaving her behind with kindly strangers before vanishing.

"It is a mystery," Schweitzer said. "We can't start rationalizing the decisions he made. We can just start trying to identify the ones that he made so we can find Denise, and identify the family (found) in New Hampshire, if not other victims he had across the country."

The Allenstown children would be about Lisa's age had they lived, noted Kokoski, who called Lisa "a remarkable woman."


And if there's a silver lining to what she has endured, he said, it's "that ultimately all these years later, her story would dovetail with these stories out there, and ultimately the hope is she's going to give some hope to the identification of these children."

Headle
y, who has stayed in touch with Lisa, said "it's been an emotional roller coaster for her."

At last week's news conference, Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeffery Strelzin read a statement from Lisa, expressing gratitude to those who have helped her. "I am so thankful to be reunited with my Grandfather and cousins after all these years," she said.

She asked the media to respect her privacy.

"Currently I have three beautiful children and a loving husband, and would like our presently happy and secure life to remain intact and protected through the release of this story," she wrote.


"Please turn your focus toward the unidentified victims, and other potentially unknown victims in this case, and hopefully their families will also be offered some closure as this investigation continues."

An adopted daughter's search for her identity was the break in a decades-old case that led New Hampshire authorities to the man they believe killed victims on both coasts.

The woman at the heart of the disturbing case, revealed by authorities last week at a news conference in Concord, grew up thinking of herself as Lisa Jenson.

Now in her mid-30s, she recently learned that the man she once thought of as her father was a serial killer - and most likely murdered her mother.

Authorities also believe that man, who called himself Bob Evans when he lived in New Hampshire, murdered a woman and three young girls whose bodies were dumped in barrels in Allenstown sometime in the late 1970s or early 1980s. Evans died in 2010 in a California prison, where he was serving time for the 2002 murder of a girlfriend.

Carol Schweitzer is supervisor of the forensic services unit at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). She's been working on the Allenstown case for years - and also helped Lisa discover her true identity.

Schweitzer said the connection to Lisa's case began in 2004, when California authorities asked for the center's help to identify a child who had been abandoned 19 years earlier in a trailer park by a man they thought was her father.

"They knew she was abandoned in 1985 and they had never been able to locate her family because the offender absconded after he abandoned her," she said.

But in 2002, a man calling himself Larry Vanner was arrested for murder in Contra Costa County, Calif. The dismembered body of Eunsoon Jun was discovered in the basement of the home she had shared with Vanner; a bloody saw, axe and meat cleaver were found nearby.

Investigators learned that Vanner had gone by several aliases over the years. They matched his fingerprints to those of Curtis Kimball, a man wanted for a parole violation 12 years earlier.

That man had served time for abandoning his daughter in 1985, when he was going by the name Gordon Jenson. But he fled parole and was a fugitive for 12 years before reappearing in California in 2002 as Larry Vanner.

And that, Schweitzer said, is when authorities learned through DNA testing that the man who had abandoned Lisa was not her biological father.

"That's when everyone started asking, where did he get her from?" recalled Peter Headley, a deputy sheriff with the San Bernadino County (Calif.) Sheriff's Department. "Who is she?"

No longer was it a case of child abandonment; now police were looking at an abduction.

In 2004, the San Bernadino department contacted NCMEC asking if Lisa matched the description of any of the missing children they had in their files.

She didn't.

Headley said his department spent years trying to follow Curtis Kimball's trail backward to try to figure out who Lisa was and where she'd come from.

Detectives even interviewed Vanner in prison, he said. "He would not even admit to knowing who she is or having her. At that point he just denied everything."

In 2014, they decided to try to learn Lisa's identity through one of the online DNA databases that folks can use to search their family histories. Working with a genetic genealogist, they submitted Lisa's DNA and hoped for a match.

And last year they found one, a cousin in New Hampshire.

Lisa, Headley said, "has always been extremely grateful for everything anybody does for her."

So he said, "It was just great to be able to call her up and tell her we figured out who she is."

Headley said they were able to confirm her identity through her grandfather's DNA.

But they also learned something ominous about her mother.

Denise Beaudin was just 23 years old when she and her 6-month-old daughter Dawn left Manchester just after Thanksgiving in 1981 with a man the family knew as Bob Evans. They were never heard from again.

"The family was led to believe that Denise and the suspect owed money to everyone and they were running from money trouble," Headley said. So the family never reported Denise and the baby missing.

"That's when we put it together that she's a missing person," Headley said.

They didn't yet realize that Lisa's story was about to collide with a decades-old murder mystery.

In 2008, New Hampshire authorities had contacted NCMEC, asking for help to identify four victims whose bodies had been found in barrels in Allenstown years earlier.

In 1985, a hunter had made a grisly discovery in the woods near Bear Brook State Park: a 55-gallon barrel containing the remains of an adult woman and a child. Fifteen years later, authorities found a second barrel, the remains of two more little girls inside.

NCMEC had worked with forensic specialists to reconstruct what the woman and three girls may have looked like when they were killed. And DNA testing had revealed that the woman and two of the children were maternally related.

The third and "middle" child was an outlier, unrelated to the rest.

Detective Sgt. Michael Kokoski of the New Hampshire State Police's cold case unit has worked on the Allenstown case for years. He said the DNA testing that linked Lisa to New Hampshire and Denise Beaudin - and Bob Evans - was the key that broke open the case.
.
"If that California connection had never been made, I don't know where we would be with these cases," he said.

Police from here and California exchanged photos that proved Evans was the same man who called himself Vanner, Gordon and Kimball, Kokoski said.

"You had somebody who's a convicted murderer and now you've got him tied to New Hampshire, tied to the disappearance of a woman that nobody has known is missing."

And right away, he said, Manchester and state police started wondering if there was a connection to the Allenstown victims.

They learned that Evans had worked at the Waumbec Mills in Manchester as an electrician. He had also done some work for the man who owned the Allenstown property where the victims were found - including dumping waste from the mill at that property, according to authorities.

The Allenstown victims had been wrapped in plastic and electrical wiring.

The evidence seemed promising.

Police in California had Evans' DNA; authorities sent it out to test for a match to the Allenstown victims.

"It was almost like a shot in the dark," Schweitzer recalled.

And last October, the testing found the link investigators were looking for: Bob Evans was the biological father of the middle child, the one who was unrelated to the other three victims.

That, Kokoski recalled, "was the real Eureka moment, that connection to the victims."

Kokoski said Evans' name had actually surfaced in 2014, but investigators couldn't find anything to tie him to the Allenstown case. "With this California nexus, and the direct link to the victims, that was huge," he said.

"We were all shocked," Schweitzer recalled, "but at the same time very pleased to hear that this was an answer we had been waiting for for a long time."

And now, she said, "We're more optimistic than ever to be able to identify these victims, knowing this piece."

One possible scenario is that Evans and his daughter met a woman who had two girls of her own. "Did he come into town with his daughter, posing as a single dad?" Schweitzer asked.

That's what he did when he arrived in California in 1984, posing as Lisa's father, she said. "I think it's very possible that he met this other family when it was just him and his daughter, but we don't know that."

Kokoski said it's likely that Evans killed the Allenstown victims before he got involved with Denise Beaudin. Police are hoping to jog the memories of people who may remember a man with a young daughter who spent time with a woman who had two girls of her own.

As strange and terrible as her early childhood was, in the end Lisa was the lucky one.

The man who apparently killed his own daughter and stuffed her small body in a barrel spared Denise Beaudin's daughter, leaving her behind with kindly strangers before vanishing.

"It is a mystery," Schweitzer said. "We can't start rationalizing the decisions he made. We can just start trying to identify the ones that he made so we can find Denise, and identify the family (found) in New Hampshire, if not other victims he had across the country."

The Allenstown children would be about Lisa's age had they lived, noted Kokoski, who called Lisa "a remarkable woman."

And if there's a silver lining to what she has endured, he said, it's "that ultimately all these years later, her story would dovetail with these stories out there, and ultimately the hope is she's going to give some hope to the identification of these children."

Headley, who has stayed in touch with Lisa, said "it's been an emotional roller coaster for her."

At last week's news conference, Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeffery Strelzin read a statement from Lisa, expressing gratitude to those who have helped her. "I am so thankful to be reunited with my Grandfather and cousins after all these years," she said.

She asked the media to respect her privacy.

"Currently I have three beautiful children and a loving husband, and would like our presently happy and secure life to remain intact and protected through the release of this story," she wrote.

"Please turn your focus toward the unidentified victims, and other potentially unknown victims in this case, and hopefully their families will also be offered some closure as this investigation continues."
..- See more at: http://www.unionleader.com/DNA-led-victims-daughter-to-Granite-State#sthash.g8ElIkq7.dpuf

 

An adopted daughter's search for her identity was the break in a decades-old case that led New Hampshire authorities to the man they believe killed victims on both coasts.

The woman at the heart of the disturbing case, revealed by authorities last week at a news conference in Concord, grew up thinking of herself as Lisa Jenson.

Now in her mid-30s, she recently learned that the man she once thought of as her father was a serial killer - and most likely murdered her mother.

Authorities also believe that man, who called himself Bob Evans when he lived in New Hampshire, murdered a woman and three young girls whose bodies were dumped in barrels in Allenstown sometime in the late 1970s or early 1980s. Evans died in 2010 in a California prison, where he was serving time for the 2002 murder of a girlfriend.

Carol Schweitzer is supervisor of the forensic services unit at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). She's been working on the Allenstown case for years - and also helped Lisa discover her true identity.

Schweitzer said the connection to Lisa's case began in 2004, when California authorities asked for the center's help to identify a child who had been abandoned 19 years earlier in a trailer park by a man they thought was her father.

"They knew she was abandoned in 1985 and they had never been able to locate her family because the offender absconded after he abandoned her," she said.

But in 2002, a man calling himself Larry Vanner was arrested for murder in Contra Costa County, Calif. The dismembered body of Eunsoon Jun was discovered in the basement of the home she had shared with Vanner; a bloody saw, axe and meat cleaver were found nearby.

Investigators learned that Vanner had gone by several aliases over the years. They matched his fingerprints to those of Curtis Kimball, a man wanted for a parole violation 12 years earlier.

That man had served time for abandoning his daughter in 1985, when he was going by the name Gordon Jenson. But he fled parole and was a fugitive for 12 years before reappearing in California in 2002 as Larry Vanner.

And that, Schweitzer said, is when authorities learned through DNA testing that the man who had abandoned Lisa was not her biological father.

"That's when everyone started asking, where did he get her from?" recalled Peter Headley, a deputy sheriff with the San Bernadino County (Calif.) Sheriff's Department. "Who is she?"

No longer was it a case of child abandonment; now police were looking at an abduction.

In 2004, the San Bernadino department contacted NCMEC asking if Lisa matched the description of any of the missing children they had in their files.

She didn't.

Headley said his department spent years trying to follow Curtis Kimball's trail backward to try to figure out who Lisa was and where she'd come from.

Detectives even interviewed Vanner in prison, he said. "He would not even admit to knowing who she is or having her. At that point he just denied everything."

In 2014, they decided to try to learn Lisa's identity through one of the online DNA databases that folks can use to search their family histories. Working with a genetic genealogist, they submitted Lisa's DNA and hoped for a match.

And last year they found one, a cousin in New Hampshire.

Lisa, Headley said, "has always been extremely grateful for everything anybody does for her."

So he said, "It was just great to be able to call her up and tell her we figured out who she is."

Headley said they were able to confirm her identity through her grandfather's DNA.

But they also learned something ominous about her mother.

Denise Beaudin was just 23 years old when she and her 6-month-old daughter Dawn left Manchester just after Thanksgiving in 1981 with a man the family knew as Bob Evans. They were never heard from again.

"The family was led to believe that Denise and the suspect owed money to everyone and they were running from money trouble," Headley said. So the family never reported Denise and the baby missing.

"That's when we put it together that she's a missing person," Headley said.

They didn't yet realize that Lisa's story was about to collide with a decades-old murder mystery.

In 2008, New Hampshire authorities had contacted NCMEC, asking for help to identify four victims whose bodies had been found in barrels in Allenstown years earlier.

In 1985, a hunter had made a grisly discovery in the woods near Bear Brook State Park: a 55-gallon barrel containing the remains of an adult woman and a child. Fifteen years later, authorities found a second barrel, the remains of two more little girls inside.

NCMEC had worked with forensic specialists to reconstruct what the woman and three girls may have looked like when they were killed. And DNA testing had revealed that the woman and two of the children were maternally related.

The third and "middle" child was an outlier, unrelated to the rest.

Detective Sgt. Michael Kokoski of the New Hampshire State Police's cold case unit has worked on the Allenstown case for years. He said the DNA testing that linked Lisa to New Hampshire and Denise Beaudin - and Bob Evans - was the key that broke open the case.
.
"If that California connection had never been made, I don't know where we would be with these cases," he said.

Police from here and California exchanged photos that proved Evans was the same man who called himself Vanner, Gordon and Kimball, Kokoski said.

"You had somebody who's a convicted murderer and now you've got him tied to New Hampshire, tied to the disappearance of a woman that nobody has known is missing."

And right away, he said, Manchester and state police started wondering if there was a connection to the Allenstown victims.

They learned that Evans had worked at the Waumbec Mills in Manchester as an electrician. He had also done some work for the man who owned the Allenstown property where the victims were found - including dumping waste from the mill at that property, according to authorities.

The Allenstown victims had been wrapped in plastic and electrical wiring.

The evidence seemed promising.

Police in California had Evans' DNA; authorities sent it out to test for a match to the Allenstown victims.

"It was almost like a shot in the dark," Schweitzer recalled.

And last October, the testing found the link investigators were looking for: Bob Evans was the biological father of the middle child, the one who was unrelated to the other three victims.

That, Kokoski recalled, "was the real Eureka moment, that connection to the victims."

Kokoski said Evans' name had actually surfaced in 2014, but investigators couldn't find anything to tie him to the Allenstown case. "With this California nexus, and the direct link to the victims, that was huge," he said.

"We were all shocked," Schweitzer recalled, "but at the same time very pleased to hear that this was an answer we had been waiting for for a long time."

And now, she said, "We're more optimistic than ever to be able to identify these victims, knowing this piece."

One possible scenario is that Evans and his daughter met a woman who had two girls of her own. "Did he come into town with his daughter, posing as a single dad?" Schweitzer asked.

That's what he did when he arrived in California in 1984, posing as Lisa's father, she said. "I think it's very possible that he met this other family when it was just him and his daughter, but we don't know that."

Kokoski said it's likely that Evans killed the Allenstown victims before he got involved with Denise Beaudin. Police are hoping to jog the memories of people who may remember a man with a young daughter who spent time with a woman who had two girls of her own.

As strange and terrible as her early childhood was, in the end Lisa was the lucky one.

The man who apparently killed his own daughter and stuffed her small body in a barrel spared Denise Beaudin's daughter, leaving her behind with kindly strangers before vanishing.






"It is a mystery," Schweitzer said. "We can't start rationalizing the decisions he made. We can just start trying to identify the ones that he made so we can find Denise, and identify the family (found) in New Hampshire, if not other victims he had across the country."

The Allenstown children would be about Lisa's age had they lived, noted Kokoski, who called Lisa "a remarkable woman."

And if there's a silver lining to what she has endured, he said, it's "that ultimately all these years later, her story would dovetail with these stories out there, and ultimately the hope is she's going to give some hope to the identification of these children."

Headley, who has stayed in touch with Lisa, said "it's been an emotional roller coaster for her."

At last week's news conference, Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeffery Strelzin read a statement from Lisa, expressing gratitude to those who have helped her. "I am so thankful to be reunited with my Grandfather and cousins after all these years," she said.

She asked the media to respect her privacy.

"Currently I have three beautiful children and a loving husband, and would like our presently happy and secure life to remain intact and protected through the release of this story," she wrote.

"Please turn your focus toward the unidentified victims, and other potentially unknown victims in this case, and hopefully their families will also be offered some closure as this investigation continues."
..- See more at: http://www.unionleader.com/DNA-led-victims-daughter-to-Granite-State#sthash.g8ElIkq7.dpuf

 

Finding the Allenstown killer: Calif. case shows killer's lies                 By SHAWN K. WICKHAM    Union Leader January 28, 2017

 

When police in Contra Costa County, Calif., questioned the man calling himself Lawrence William Vanner about his missing girlfriend, he insisted she was fine and was in Oregon.

But detectives noticed he spoke of her in the past tense.

It was September of 2002 and friends and relatives of Eunsoon Jun, a petite, dark-haired woman who had moved to California from Korea, were worried. No one had seen or heard from her in months, according to a 2002 affidavit by a California homicide detective.

Eunsoon met Larry Vanner when he answered her ad for a handyman, a cousin told an NBC reporter. He moved in with her, and the two later held a commitment ceremony in a friend's backyard.

But according to the affidavit, Eunsoon had told a close friend they had argued over finances and about having children: She wanted them; Larry did not.

After Eunsoon disappeared, Vanner told some friends that she had gone to Virginia to take care of her mother; he told others she was in Oregon, working on a cabin they were building there.

Later, Vanner told investigators that Eunsoon didn't want to be found, but that she was alive and in Oregon.

When they ran his fingerprints, they learned that Vanner was Curtis Mayo Kimball, who was wanted for skipping parole 12 years earlier.

A pre-sentence probation report revealed that Kimball had been arrested in 1989 for child abandonment and molestation.

Kimball had been living in a trailer park in Scotts Valley, Calif., in 1986 under the name Gordon Curtis Jenson. With him was a 4- or 5-year-old girl named Lisa.

A neighboring couple had gotten friendly with Jenson and his little girl. When the neighbor mentioned that her daughter was having trouble conceiving, she was shocked when Jenson suggested she could adopt Lisa, according to the report.

Jenson gave the child to them for a two week "trial period."

"Jenson said Lisa's mother had been killed in a traffic accident in Texas, but he told other people that Lisa's mother (his wife) was killed in a robbery in Texas," the report stated.

The woman's daughter and her husband wanted to keep the child and contacted a lawyer, who advised them to get Lisa's birth certificate and her mother's death certificate.

But Jenson had fled, leaving Lisa behind.

Lisa was placed in a foster home and later adopted by a police officer.

After Kimball was arrested in California in 1989, he pleaded guilty to the child abandonment charge. The molestation charges were dismissed because Lisa's adoptive parents did not want her to have to testify in court, according to the court documents.

Kimball went to jail and was paroled in 1990. He fled the next day and spent 12 years as a fugitive, until he surfaced in Contra Costa County as Larry Vanner.

"The authorities were never able to determine whether or not Lisa was Jenson's biological daughter, and there was suspicion that she may have been kidnapped but that was never proven either. To (this) day that information is not known," the probation report concluded.

Police searched Eunsoon Jun's home on Sept. 26, 2002. In a dirt basement, they found a pile of clean kitty litter.

An investigator noticed some tools near the pile - a saw, an axe and a meat cleaver - that appeared to have hair on them.

Then they saw a woman's sandal sticking out of the pile.

Investigators had found Eunsoon Jun.

Vanner - the man who called himself Bob Evans when he lived in Manchester, N.H., in the late 1970s and early 1980s - was convicted of her murder in 2003 and sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.

He died in prison on Dec. 28, 2010, having never disclosed who the child Lisa was and where she was from.
 


Bob Evans, Drifter Accused of Killing 6, Was ‘Pure Evil’

The first time Elaine Ramos laid eyes on her cousin's new boyfriend she sensed he was "pure evil."

"She brought him to a New Year's Eve party. I opened the door to him and it was the first time in my life the hairs on the back of my hand raised up. A chill came over me," Ramos said.

"I couldn't even reach out my hand to shake his hand. He was the creepiest person ever."
Within two years, Ramos' cousin, a free-spirited chemist named Eunsoon Jun, was dead, her body found buried under kitty litter in the basement of her northern California home in 2002.

The boyfriend was charged with her murder, pleaded no contest and died in prison in 2010 -- and Jun's family tried to forget about the domineering drifter who stole her heart and snuffed out her life.

Then about two months ago, police from New Hampshire called with disturbing news: They had uncovered evidence that Jun's killer, known to her family as Larry Vanner, was tied to two icy-cold cases.

At a press conference this week, investigators revealed what they had learned about the hard-drinking electrician with half a dozen aliases, a long rap sheet and an apparent thirst for violence.

Through DNA, they linked him to the unidentified bodies of a young woman and three girls -- one his own daughter -- who were killed in the early 1980s and dumped in industrial barrels in the woods of Allenstown, New Hampshire.

They had also determined that he was the same man, then known as Bob Evans, who vanished from Manchester, New Hampshire, in 1981 with a 23-year-old girlfriend, Denise Beaudin, and her infant daughter, Dawn.

Beaudin was never heard from again and police believe Evans killed her somewhere between New Hampshire and California. He kept her daughter for several years, renaming her Lisa, before abandoning her at a California campground in 1986.

Assuming a series of bogus identities, the man flitted around California, working as a handyman, living in trailer parks and getting into scrapes with the law. After an 18-month stint in prison, he went on the run and law enforcement lost track of him.
He resurfaced more than a decade later as Vanner, working as a handyman in the Bay Area, where he fatefully crossed paths with Jun. 

Born in Korea, Jun had moved to the U.S. with her family as a teenager. She earned a master's degree and worked as a chemist at Bio-Rad Laboratories.

"She was a bohemian," Ramos recalled. "She loved to travel. She went to India to meet the Maharaji. She was a free spirit and that's why she was so accepting of people." 

The 45-year-old was also lonely.

"She ran an ad for a handyman -- she wanted to fix things up around the house -- and he answered and just swooned her up," Ramos said.

Ramos said as soon as she met the haggard-looking man who called himself Larry Vanner, alarm bells went off. He had a hostile stare and a bizarre back story. 

"He said he owned lots of property, that he was a self-made millionaire, that he used to be a colonel in the Army and that he worked for the CIA and if he wanted to disappear, he could disappear just like that," she said. 

When a skeptical Ramos pressed him for details about his properties, he grew angry. 

"He looked at me and said, 'Don't you ever question anything I ever tell you' -- and I knew something wasn't right about him," she said. 

After Ramos expressed her misgivings, Jun started sending angry letters telling her cousin she couldn't understand their love and cutting off contact. Ramos wasn't there when Vanner "married" Jun in an unofficial backyard ceremony in 2001. 

Jun also sent her mother, who lived with her, to stay with an aunt on the East Coast, Ramos said. And then she stopped answering calls from relatives and friends. 

A close pal confronted Vanner and was given a series of conflicting explanations about Jun's absence. Police got a search warrant for the house after they learned about Vanner's checkered past and couldn't get straight answers about Jun's whereabouts. 

After investigators found Jun's body, they determined she had been killed several months earlier by a blow to the head. In a surprise move, Vanner took a plea deal that would keep him in prison for the rest of his life. 

Police, however, kept digging into Vanner's tangled history. A child-abandonment charge on his record led them to Lisa, who had been placed in foster care and then adopted after she was dumped at the campground.
 
Tests in 2003 revealed that Vanner was not Lisa's father. With the help of police and genealogists, she continued to delve into her past even after Vanner's death. 

The search did not bear fruit until last summer, when the DNA trail led to a cousin in New Hampshire. Lisa found out she was the daughter of Denise Beaudin and investigators discovered that Vanner was also Evans. 

Then three months later, another bombshell: a match between Vanner's DNA and one of the bodies from the barrels in Allenstown. 

Officials fear Vanner may have killed other people they don't know about and they appealed to the public for more information about his life, particularly during the 1990s. 

"This is somebody who targets females, and children as well. We know he is an abuser," New Hampshire Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Strelzin said. "This is a guy who was a chameleon."

Ramos said it was upsetting but not shocking to hear the latest revelations about the man who killed her cousin. Back in 2002, as police peeled away the layers of deceit, she had an intuition.
 
"There was something so evil about him," she said. "I just knew there had to be more victims." 

Finding the Allenstown killer: Calif. case shows killer's lies

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Finding the Allenstown killer: Calif. case shows killer's lies

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Richmond: Sordid past of Bob Evans, drifter linked to six killings Nate Gartrell  East Bay Times January 27, 2017

New Hampshire murder suspect could’ve had ties to Austin 

By Calily Bien January 26, 2017


AUSTIN (KXAN) — Authorities in New Hampshire are seeking any information on a murder suspect who had connections in Travis County during the 80s. Austin police also confirm they are aware of the case and have been in contact with investigators.

Police say they have a big break in the decades-old murder mystery of an unidentified woman and three unidentified little girls found in steel barrels in Allenstown, N.H. DNA has linked one of the victims found in the barrels to a man known as Bob Evans, who died in prison in 2010. The DNA tests revealed the little girl, believed to have been 2 to 4 years old, was Evans’ daughter, the suspect in her homicide.

Investigators are hoping that by releasing information about Evans, someone will come forward who knew him and his child. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says the suspect referenced the state of Texas on multiple occasions. He suggested that he spent time in Nueces County, Harris County, Dallas County, Matagorda County and Travis County.

The suspect might have known someone who lived at an RV park in Austin during 1986. The suspect called two RV parks: Austin Lone Star RV Resort and Pecan Grove RV Park. During the 70s and 80, he said he worked as an electrician, mechanic and repairman for various companies across Texas.

Evans was dating 23-year-old Denise Beaudin in the early 80s. who police say went missing shortly after Thanksgiving 1981 from her home in Manchester, N.H. with her 6-month-old daughter, Dawn Beaudin. Beaudin’s family believe she left New Hampshire with Evans and traveled to Texas to avoid financial difficulties. Authorities do not know of Denise’s whereabouts but Dawn is currently living as “Lisa” in California.

While all four unidentified victims were found in steel barrels and in the same area, police found their bodies in separate searches. The first two victims were found in 1985, the other two were discovered in 2000.

Suspect’s work history in Texas:

  • Claimed to have been employed as an electrician at a company called Brown and Root in Houston, TX during the 1970s
  • Claimed to have been employed as an installation mechanic at a company called Big Three Industries during the 1970s and 1980s
  • Claimed to have been an instrument repairman for a company called Bay City Electric, in Bay City, TX during the 1970s   


MURDER SUSPECT WORRIED FRIENDS THOSE CLOSE TO EUNSOON JUN OF RICHMOND SAID THEY'D HAD BAD FEELINGS ABOUT LARRY VANNER, WHO IS CHARGED IN HER DEATH Author: KARL FISCHER, Contra Costa Times, [Walnut Creek, CA] March 2, 2003



Nobody liked the new boyfriend much. Some said Larry Vanner looked like a street person. Family members admit being "taken aback" the first time Eunsoon Jun brought him over.

"He was haggard and stoop-shouldered," said Renee Rose, who used to take pottery classes at the Richmond Art Center with Jun. "He smoked a lot. His skin was colorless. He did not have good color."

With varying degrees of candor, Jun's friends and family expressed the inevitable consensus: Vanner ranked among the biggest mistakes of her life.

But nobody thought he would be her final mistake.

That is what police and prosecutors claimed last week as a Contra Costa Superior Court judge held over for trial the 65-year-old Vanner on charges he murdered the woman he "married" in an undocumented ceremony and hid her body for four months beneath a heap of kitty litter in the basement of their East Richmond Heights home. 

Consumed by loneliness and desire for a family, a once-free spirit gambled all on a mystery man and lost, said people close to Jun.

Vanner, meanwhile, remains to authorities every bit the question mark he was during his arraignment on murder charges in November, when he told the court the name under which he was arrested -- and under which he served state prison time more than a decade ago -- was not his real name.

Vanner claims his name is Vanner. But state prison records show he shares fingerprints with a 50-year-old fugitive named Curtis Mayo Kimballd, who never reported to his parole officer after serving a state prison sentence for a child endangerment conviction more than a decade ago.

For a tight band of Jun's friends and family members who attended court proceedings last week, the official slow dance toward Vanner's identity served as a macabre sideshow to an intensely personal tragedy.

"Our feelings about Larry caused friction between Eunsoon and all of the family. The last conversation I had with Eunsoon, I basically tried to tell her to be careful," said Elaine Ramos, Jun's cousin. "Soon after, a brother -- tried to get involved and warn her about Larry. She got very upset and said she didn't want any more to do with (her brother)."

Jun, a chemist, lived in San Francisco for many years before buying a house on Bernhard Avenue in 1996. The owner of a restaurant she frequented introduced the couple in November 1999 after learning Jun needed work done on her roof. Vanner worked locally as a handyman.

Less than two months later, Jun told friends the couple was engaged. People were surprised but not shocked. This was the woman, after all, who once spontaneously embarked on a round-the-world trip and was famous in her social circles as an eclectic soul.

Vanner appeared to be more dumpy and mean-spirited than suited her, people said in hindsight, but she seemed ready to settle. Jun always wanted a husband and kids, her cousin said, but never found a relationship.

As Jun brought Vanner along to family gatherings in 2000, relatives began to notice little discrepancies that added up to a larger issue: Vanner seemed to lie about his background and finances. He said he owned a convenience store and other properties, for example, but a family member later discovered he only worked as a handyman at one. 

Ramos said Vanner claimed to be a "retired colonel" the first time they met, but couldn't offer any details about his post. Family members mentioned it to Jun, but she was undeterred, and Vanner moved into her house that fall. 

In 2001, they married in an informal backyard ceremony that was not recorded with the county. 
Jun seemed a gentle soul to her classmate Rose, someone who was eager to please and still literal enough in her English -- her first language was Korean -- to miss jokes and be taken in by sleight of tongue. 

Rose and Jun shared a love of the arts and of pottery. They went to trade shows together and spoke several times a week. Jun sometimes exhibited low self-esteem, Rose said, and was very concerned about inadvertently offending anyone.

It was that concern coupled with some out-of-character behavior that made Rose believe she knows when Jun died.

On May 31, 2002, Rose called Jun's house to plan a trip to Mendocino she and Jun wanted to take the following week. Jun sounded strained on the phone. Rose wondered if she caught Jun at a bad time.

"She was speaking very fast. She said, 'I'll talk to you tomorrow.' I'd never heard her -- talk so hurriedly. Normally, she has to ruminate about things before making a decision," Rose said. "I said to myself, 'I bet they had a fight.'"

Jun did not call the next morning nor did she make their date. At the time, Rose chuckled to herself about the hard time she would give her normally punctual friend. But days passed, and Jun did not return her calls.

The following week Vanner phoned with a troubling story: Jun's mother, who recently moved out of their home to live with Jun's brother in Virginia, had fallen seriously ill. Jun had flown to be with the family.

It was the first of many troubling stories to come from Vanner in coming weeks, Rose said, as she "worried to the point where it consumed my life" about Jun's well-being and made herself something of a pest. 

Rose testified that she left frequent messages on the answering machine inquiring about Jun, wanting to talk to Jun, wanting to talk to Vanner about Jun, wanting to talk to Vanner about Vanner. She offered to make him chili. She offered to help him clean the house in preparation for Jun's return. 

He didn't like those ideas. He also flatly refused to provide her with a telephone number for Jun, who he said was despondent over family troubles and was staying in a hotel because of them. "

He said, 'Renee, I'm sure she has more on her mind right now than wherever the (expletive) you guys were going,'" Rose testified at the preliminary hearing.

Weeks passed. Stories changed. At one point Vanner told Rose that Jun had finally returned -- just for a day -- but had quickly driven off to a family meeting in Aptos, she testified.

Later he said Jun moved to a property the couple purportedly owned in rural Oregon to oversee construction of a cabin and seek counseling with a therapist, Rose and a neighbor testified. At one point Vanner went away for a few days, a neighbor testified, on the pretense of visiting Jun.

Rose said she begged Vanner to let her speak with Jun, just for a moment, just to make sure Jun was OK. She said he refused, telling her Jun was too emotionally "fragile" to speak to any of her friends.

In August, Rose left a message saying she was leaving on vacation for 10 days and asked for Jun to leave a message on her answering machine. It didn't happen. Finally, Rose told Vanner she feared for Jun's safety and intended to call the police.

Vanner seemed evasive to the sheriff's deputy who visited to check on Jun. He refused to produce Jun or contact information for her. The case soon found its way to the sheriff's investigations division.

"At one point, he told me he would only speak of Jun in the past, and he only spoke about her in the past. He did not want to talk about her current whereabouts or how she was surviving in Oregon," sheriff's detective Justin Gregory testified. "He would only speak about things that were gone."

The story didn't line up well. Police soon learned that a phone number Vanner provided to reach Jun belonged to a convenience store in Oregon, whose proprietors knew neither Jun nor Vanner.

Police could not find a therapist who was supposedly treating Jun. And Vanner remained obstinate about the investigation, Gregory testified, telling police "(he) respects us for doing our job, but it was in Jun's best interest for him not to cooperate," Gregory said.

Further investigation yielded another surprise: Vanner had an arrest warrant. Police found that a felon named Curtis Kimball failed to report to his first meeting with a parole officer in 1991.

Armed with that information, sheriff's deputies arrested Vanner on Sept. 17, 2002 and searched the house.

Then came the final surprise.

Tucked in a dark basement, near the house's furnace, police found the desiccated body of a woman packed in cat litter, according to police reports.

Weeks later, forensic tests identified the woman as Jun. Police believe she died from a blow to the head.

Vanner pleaded not guilty to murdering Jun in December. His attorney declined comment regarding his client's identity and details of the case last week and did not return a phone call following the preliminary hearing.

For those who knew Eunsoon Jun, things seem clearer in hindsight.

"Since then I've learned a few things," said Jun's cousin Ramos, who helped put Jun's finances in order after her death was discovered. "I get all her mail and her credit card bills. Since she's supposedly been dead, there sure have been a lot of charges." 

Police seeking man believed to be father of abandoned girl. San Bernadino County Sun   Oct 18, 1986   Joe Gutierrez

SAN BERNADINO - A $250,000 arrest warrant was issued Friday for a man believed to be the missing father of 5-year-old Lisa Jensen, who was given to a Chino couple and the placed in county custody in early August when the couple tried to adopt her.

Gordon Jensen is wanted for investigation of child molestation and child desertion, said sheriff's Detective Cliff Harris. The warrant was issued in Santa Cruz because the last known sighting of Jensen was near there.

The warrant was based on a San Bernadino County Sheriff's Department investigation and interviews with Lisa, Harris said. Lisa was examined, but doctors could not find any evidence of molestation, he said.

Lisa, who is living in a foster home in San Bernadino, came to the attention of authorities Aug. 4 when a Chino woman contacted the West End Sheriff's station about adopting her, Harris said.

The Chino woman, who asked that her name not be revealed, said her parents had brought Lisa from Northern California, where the girl had been living with a man identified as her father, Gordon Jensen.

Jensen told the parents he was seeking a better home for his daughter, Harris said.

The Chino woman took custody of Lisa on a trial basis, but when the period was over, neither she nor her mother could find Jensen to authorize adoption proceedings, he said.

Jensen was last seen in Scotts Valley near Santa Cruz during the July 4 weekend. Investigators found Jensen's fingerprints in the trailer park where he had been staying and sent them to the Department of Justice for identification, Harris said. 

Jensen's fingerprints were matched to those of Curtis Mayo Kimball, who was arrested by Cypress police in Orange County on May 27, 1985, for investigation of drunken driving and child endangerment, the detective said. 

According to authorities, Kimball was married to a woman known as Donna, who works in Orange County as a nurse and who may use the name Donna Walter, Harris said. Investigators also have received information that Lisa may have a 2- or 3-year old sister. 

Sheriff's investigators believe that both Jensen and Kimball are aliases. Lt. James Marlowe said Kimball called himself a "non-person" during his arrest in Cypress. The Sheriff's Department has few leads about Jensens' whereabouts, Harris said. "With the warrant, this will be put on the National Crime Information Center computer - the NCIC - and hopefully someone in some jurisdiction will run into him."





Questions pervade child-abuse case  Santa Cruz Sentinel  April 5, 1989 (Several sentences removed from article for privacy of the child)

Santa Cruz - After a two-year search, authorities here have arrested a man charged with molesting his 4-year-old daughter. 

Everything 43 (?) year old Gordon Curtis Jensen told neighbors at a Scotts Valley RV park back in 1986 was a lie. Who he was, where he was from, and where he was going, according to Assistant District Attorney, Steve Englehardt.

So Englehardt says he has no reason to believe that the 4-year-old girl who had been living with Jenson in the back of his pickup truck - the girl Jensen is accused of molesting and then giving away - is the man's daughter.

"My Guess is that he picked her up somewhere ... " says Inspector Tisha Byrd, who is working to establish the girl's identity.

The little girl, named Lisa, is now six and is awaiting adoption in San Bernadino County. She has not been able to tell authorities anything about herself except that she knew Jenson as her father.

According to reports, Jenson had been living at Henry Cowell campground before moving his truck and camper to the Holiday Host park in Scotts Valley in the spring of 1986.

There he became friendly with Richard and Kathrine Decker of Fountain Valley. That couple was living at the park while Decker worked temporarily in San Jose.

When Kathrine Decker remarked on day that she would love a granddaughter like Lisa, but that her daughter was having difficulty conceiving a child, Jenson had a surprise suggestion.

According to reports, he suggested that Decker's daughter adopt Lisa because he was having trouble caring for the child. He allegedly suggested that the daughter and her husband take Lisa on a three-week trial basis. If they liked Lisa, they could find a "shady" lawyer to arrange a legal adoption.

Authorities say Jenson offered several explanations for how his wife died. He told some people she died of cancer. He told others she was killed during a robbery.

He allegedly wrote a "To whom it may concern" note which he sent down south with his daughter. That note indicated the girl was born out of wedlock and that the mother did not want the baby. In the note, Jenson allegedly wrote that he feared the child might be born with Down's Syndrome because the mother was an older woman and that he had planned to bury her "next to an ant hill" if the baby didn't have five fingers and toes (on each limb) at birth.

According to reports, the Decker's daughter took the child and, at the end of three weeks, was in love with little Lisa. The woman and her husband went to a legitimate attorney, wanting to make the adoption legal.

By then, Jenson had left the RV park and could not be found.

[The Deckers] sought help from a couselor who referred the case to the San Bernadino Sherrif's Office. Deputies there contacted the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office.

Detectives have learned that the Scotts Valley Police and the county's Child Protective Services agency had previously responded to complaints of possible child abuse when Jenson was living with the girl at the RV park. According to the Scotts Valley Police report, an officer determined that Lisa was well and showed no signs of abuse.

Although armed with new evidence, including statements from Lisa that she had been molested, detectives here and in San Bernadino County hit a quick dead end.

According to former Detective Joe Henard (?), now a DA's Inspector, the license number of Jenson's truck was found to be registered to a motel room in Texas. Jenson's job application was full of untruths, according to reports. And the only calls Jenson made from phones at the RV park in Scotts Valley were made to other people at other RV Parks.

"We thought we were never going to catch that guy." he said.

Then sheriff's crime scene investigator Joe Hemmingway came up with a big clue. Hemmingway dusted with fingerprint powder every pieces of equipment that Jensen had worked on at Holiday Host. He came up with a print from a VCR that Jenson had repaired.

The state compuer matched the print to Curtis Mayo Kimball, Jenson's true name.

Still, two years went by and a $250,000 warrant was turning brittle.

Finally last month, Jenson turned up in Los Angeles - arrested for drunken driving.

But for as hard as it was to track down Jenson, investigators had no luck determining just who Lisa was. Detectives sent phots across the nation and corresponded with every organization handling missing children cases.

Meanwhile, Lisa was placed in a foster home and, according to Assistant DA Englehardt, is soon to be adopted.

He said she is physically and mentally healthy and ready to testify at Jenson's preliminary hearing, which is scheduled for May 20 at Municipal court.

Englehardt said he hopes to compel Jenson to submit to a paternity test to determine whether he is the girl's father.



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