The family of Sandra Denise Major, whose remains have been positively identified as a victim of Green River Killer Gary Ridgway, released a statement this afternoon.
We would like to thank the detectives from the King County Sheriff’s Office who diligently worked this case. We are grateful to finally know what happened to Sandra after all these years.
We were aware of the lifestyle Sandra lived but she was still a part of our family. We last saw Sandra here in New York in 1982. We received a letter from her in 1982 with a Seattle postmark but no return address. We never heard from her again and did not know what happened to her.
Recently one of Sandra’s cousins saw a television show about the Green River Killer. We learned that the remains of some of the victims that had not been identified. Since the last contact with Sandra had been the letter from Seattle, we decided to make contact with investigators to see if Sandra was one of the unidentified victims.
We want to thank the detectives from the King County Sheriff’s Office, the University of North Texas, Bode Technology and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for working together to bring closure to our family.
We respectfully ask that the media allow us privacy.
STORY FROM THE AP:
The King County Sheriff’s Office says it has positively identified the remains of a woman killed by Green River Killer Gary Ridgway.
Authorities say the remains found in Auburn, Wash., in 1985 belong to Sandra Denise Major. The victim’s family in Rochester, N.Y., contacted police after watching a television show about Ridgway, and the King County Medical Examiner’s Office found the DNA of the remains matched the family’s DNA.
The 20-year-old was reported missing on Dec. 24, 1982, and was last seen getting into a pickup in North Seattle.
Ridgway has admitted to killing Major and 48 others. He is serving a life sentence at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla. Several of his victims were dumped in or posed along the Green River.