A rancher found Thornton’s unburied human remains near a two-track dirt road on the land in 1982, Tomich said. The remains couldn’t be identified for decades, though it was determined they belonged to a homicide victim who was about six months pregnant when she died, court documents show.
The road, identified as Lombard Road in court documents, is about 6 miles north of Interstate 80 and 1.5 miles east of U. A gold ring and a small watch with a leather band were found near the body, which were similar to the ones Thornton wore in the photo.
Alcala, commonly known as the “Dating Game Killer” for his appearance on the popular television show, was convicted for the 1979 murder of Robin Samsoe in 1980.
In 2005, the release states, a California grand jury indicted Alcala for the murders of Jill Barcomb, Georgia Wixted, Charlotte Lamb and Jill Parenteau.
Following his 2010 conviction, Huntington Beach Police investigators publicly released a series of photographs of women that was found in Alcala’s Seattle storage locker in 1979, in the hopes of identifying other potential victims.
According to Sweetwater County officials, a relative of Thornton who had been searching for her since her 1977 disappearance was looking through those photographs in 2013 when they recognized the young woman.
Investigators said they believe the now 73-year-old Alcala killed Thornton in Sweetwater County based on a photo that appears to show her on remote public land near Granger, close to where her remains were found.
Below are all seven of the women he is convicted of murdering or has pleaded guilty to murdering.Sweetwater County authorities charged an imprisoned serial killer with murder Tuesday in connection to the 1977 killing of a 28-year-old woman whose remains were found years later on public land in southwest Wyoming.Rodney James Alcala, now 73, was charged with first-degree murder in connection to the death of Christine Ruth Thornton, court records show.However, authorities estimate he may have killed up to 130 people across the country.Alcala has been in jail or prison since 1979, when he was accused of murdering 12-year-old Robin Samsoe in California.