Delores Gonzales found at last

Not too long ago Charley added the case of Delores Gonzales, a seventeen-year-old girl — married and a mother of two, in spite of her youth — who vanished in 1973 from Gulfport, Mississippi. Well, now we know what happened to her: her husband murdered her and dumped her body in Alabama, where it was located but remained unidentified for forty years.

Per this article:

Spencer Walker, district attorney for Choctaw, Clarke and Washington counties, said DNA testing solved the disappearance.

“Detectives found her remains in 1974 with two gunshots to the skull,” Walker said. “The murder investigation is still open, but at least we could get the family this bit of closure.”

The investigation restarted in 2012 when Jason Kokoszka was taking inventory before the Alabama Department of Forensic Science moved to a new building.

“He found the remains and realized DNA testing had never been done,” Walker said. “After that, he sent the remains to numerous locations for every DNA test possible.”

Two shots to the head. That’s cold.

They’re pretty sure they know who did it to her: her husband, Robert Lane Gonzales. Unfortunately, Mr. Gonzales died in Florida years ago. He got away with murder.

Flashback Friday: Paula Pope

This week’s Flashback Friday case is Paula Ann Pope, who disappeared nine days before her 19th birthday in 1972. Paula and her husband were staying at a California campground and she wanted to see a rock concert in Nevada and they got into an argument because he couldn’t go with her. (From what I recall, he couldn’t leave the state because he was on parole or probation or something, though I didn’t say that in the casefile.) Paula went stomping off and never returned.

It’s kind of up in the air what happened to her, I guess. Last seen talking to “motorcycle types.” I suppose it’s not inconceivable that she left on her own, but it seems unlikely, especially after all this time. It’ll have been 42 years in September. Paula would now be 61 years old.