Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

Ramona Price case: 'We can’t give up finding these kids,' detective says as cadaver dogs begin search

Cadaver dogs will begin scanning the outskirts of Santa Barbara –- near a bridge spanning the 101 Freeway at Winchester Canyon Road –- for the remains of 7-year-old Ramona Price, who vanished in 1961.

MackRayEdwards Police now believe Mack Ray Edwards, a heavy-equipment operator who is believed to have killed as many as 20 children, may be responsible. He confessed to six murders and hanged himself in his San Quentin prison cell in 1972.

Edwards worked on the bridge around the time Ramona disappeared and temporarily lived with a friend just a quarter-mile away. The bridge is being reconstructed now.

Police throughout Southern California have been trying to nail down Edwards' trail for years.

"We can't give up finding these kids, we just can't," said Los Angeles police Det. Vivian Flores. "These children represent your kids and my kids. Would you ever want detectives to stop looking if your child was missing?"

Read the full story here.


ARCHIVES: Read L.A. Times stories about Ramona Price's disappearance in 1961

Digging for body in 1968 slaying

-- Andrew Blankstein and Steve Chawkins

Photo: A volunteer with a dog helps Santa Barbara police search an area at Calle Real and the 101 Freeway in Santa Barbara County for the body of a 7-year-old girl, Ramona Price, who disappeared in 1961. Above right, booking photo of convicted serial killer Mack Ray Edwards. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times / LAPD

Comments () | Archives (0)


Recommended on Facebook


In Case You Missed It...


About L.A. Now
L.A. Now is the Los Angeles Times’ breaking news section for Southern California. It is produced by more than 80 reporters and editors in The Times’ Metro section, reporting from the paper’s downtown Los Angeles headquarters as well as bureaus in Costa Mesa, Long Beach, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, Riverside, Ventura and West Los Angeles.
Have a story tip for L.A. Now?
Please send to newstips@latimes.com
Can I call someone with news?
Yes. The city desk number is (213) 237-7847.


Get Alerts on Your Mobile Phone

Sign me up for the following lists: