REDONDO BEACH, Calif. — Police have finally identified a woman’s body found at a construction site near Los Angeles over twenty years ago.
The woman, Catherine Parker-Johnson, was last in contact with her family in 1981. DNA comparisons with her daughter and sister revealed that her remains were positively identified earlier this year, as confirmed by the Redondo Beach police in a statement on Friday.
According to the statement, Parker-Johnson’s family last heard from her in May 1981 in the Lennox area of Los Angeles.
She was not reported missing at the time, and her identification remained a mystery until now, despite an investigation conducted when the body was discovered on August 29, 2001, during a construction project on a residential street in Redondo Beach.
Authorities have launched an active homicide investigation into Parker-Johnson’s death. Further details are currently unavailable, but the police have scheduled a news conference for Monday morning to discuss the case and seek assistance from the public.