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California Happy Face Killer victim identified after 29 years

GILROY, Calif. (AP) — A Happy Face Killer victim has been identified nearly 30 years after her body…

GILROY, Calif. (AP) — A Happy Face Killer victim has been identified nearly 30 years after her body was abandoned near a California freeway, authorities said Monday.

Patricia Skiple, of Colton, Oregon, was known only as “Blue Pacheco” because of the color of her clothes until last week when genetic genealogy was used to identify her, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office said.

Skiple, a mother known to friends and family as “Patsy,” would have been about 45 when she was killed, the sheriff’s office said.

Authorities identified her with the help of the DNA Doe Project, a nonprofit group that uses volunteers to identify people listed as “Jane Does” or “John Does” through DNA profiles of possible relatives.

Skiple’s body was found on June 3, 1993 along the side of California State Route 152 in the Gilroy area of ​​the San Francisco Bay Area.

The cause of death was listed as undetermined at the time.

In 2006, Keith Hunter Jesperson wrote to the county attorney’s office saying he sexually assaulted and killed a woman near the freeway.

Jesperson, who was arrested on suspicion of murdering a woman in Washington state in 1995, has been dubbed the Happy Face Killer for drawing smiley faces on letters he sent to the media and police, prosecutors said.

Jesperson eventually confessed to killing eight women in California, Washington, Oregon, Florida, Nebraska, and Wyoming between 1990 and 1995. He is currently serving four life sentences in Oregon with no possibility of parole.

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