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.

10 thoughts on “Delores Gonzales found at last

  1. Denise April 24, 2015 / 7:49 pm

    If Delores had two children, what ever happened to them? There is no mention of them in Robert’s obituary, nor in any other articles that I could find.

    • Meaghan April 24, 2015 / 9:19 pm

      I have no idea. I hope they were raised by someone other than Dad.

    • Meaghan April 24, 2015 / 9:25 pm

      Hmm, I wonder what he died of. I found his obit too; he was quite young.

  2. Ilya April 26, 2015 / 8:21 pm

    Husband and kids at 17? I don’t mean to pass judgement, but….

    • Kat April 26, 2015 / 10:59 pm

      There are a decent amount on here. I’d love not to pass judgment too, but having lived it, well…yeah, I still pass. My one girl, she couldn’t wait to get out, and she did, twice over. She’s got custody, doesn’t raise em though, and so…all the way. Glad she was found though, shame her husband died, BUT I guess it depends on what you believe…….he may have gotten away with it in this world, but not in the next one.

    • Meaghan April 27, 2015 / 9:31 am

      Well, back in the early seventies that wasn’t at all uncommon. See this chart which gives the median age of first marriage over the years: It says that half the girls who married for the first time in 1970 were under 20.8 years old.

    • Melinda August 23, 2019 / 5:54 pm

      Why would you pass judgment, though? Some girls marry young in certain cultures. Also, like Meaghan said, it wasn’t all that unusual back then.

      Furthermore, some girls marry at an early age to escape abuse from parents at home. I was one of those girls who had to do that. I wasn’t prepared to be a wife, but it was my only way out.

  3. donna davis June 23, 2015 / 11:18 pm

    she is my aunt. I was one year old when this happened.. this changed our lives forever..We weren’t allowed to go anywhere unless we were in groups.My mom tells me her story every couple of years!!! I grew up in fear someone was gonna take one of my kids!! thank you Lord for bringing her home!! thank you Lord for all the years my mom prayed they would find her,,you have answered a lifelong prayer!! We just found out in April 2015. Im sad she was in a box all these years. I cant get that out of my head!! thanks to hard work,,shes coming home!!!

  4. Beth October 4, 2015 / 7:15 pm

    The “true” facts on how this case was really solved are stranger than the fictional tale told by the media to give credit to detectives and such.
    The children were adopted by Diane’s sister and husband and are well and thriving.
    I’m her niece.

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