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.
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?"
-- 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