RIVERSIDE (CNS) - A Bellflower woman whose remains were unearthed near Thousand Palms almost 30 years ago was positively identified based on a DNA match, authorities said today.
The body of Patricia Cavallaro, 57, was discovered partially buried on Oct. 24, 1994, in the area of Date Palm Drive and Ramon Road.
Riverside County Sheriff's Department detectives ultimately determined that she was the victim of a homicide. However, clues about her identity were nil, despite a detailed sketch being circulated publicly at the time, and the case soon went cold.
The investigation was eventually taken over by the District Attorney's Office's Regional Cold Case Homicide Team, whose personnel focused on genetic material recovered from the victim's remains and placed in the California Department of J