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Santa Barbara police to search for remains of 7-year-old girl missing 50 years

June 14, 2011 | 10:51 am

Ramona1 Santa Barbara police will use cadaver dogs Wednesday to try to turn up clues in the 50-year-old disappearance of a 7-year-old girl.

Ramona Price went missing as she walked to school on Sept. 2, 1961. The case has remained unsolved.

Four years ago, investigators came across information that led them to the 101 Freeway's Winchester Canyon Road overcrossing, a structure that was being built at around the time Ramona vanished.

"The tearing down of the Winchester overcrossing for new construction allows a rare opportunity to search the area with so-called cadaver dogs trained to detect human bodies, even after being buried for many years," a police spokesman said Tuesday.

Cam Sanchez, Santa Barbara's police chief, is to hold a press conference at the site Wednesday morning and disclose information about a possible suspect.


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