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Disputed Linden Well bones belonged to Kimberly Billy

LINDEN, CA - Disputed bone fragments taken from a Linden well were retested and identified as belonging to Kimberly Billy, according to Sharon Murch, mother to missing Hayward girl Michaela Garecht.

Billy was 19 when she disappeared in 1984. She is believed to have been killed by the socalled "Speed Freak Killers" Wes Shermantine and Loren Herzog.

Billy's remains were previously identified in March 2012 as one of three women's skeletal remains found inside an excavated Linden well. Billy's remains were found with the remains of 16-year-old JoAnn Hobson, who disappeared in 1985, and the remains of an unidentified pregnant woman.

Hobson's mother had her daughter's remains tested by a private laboratory. The lab reported that Hobson's remains were mingled with those of another woman's.

For months, the bones were speculated as belonging to kidnapped Hayward girl Michaela Garecht, who has been missing since 1988. In her blog, Murch said she has mixed feelings about the test results.

BLOG: Dear Michaela - The test results are in ...  

"Yes, there is a degree of disappointment that the answer as to what happened to Michaela have eluded us once again -- and also the feeling of frustration about the possibility of ever, ever having the answers."

The California Department of Justice retested the bone fragments and identified the remains as belonging to Billy.


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