A Virginia woman’s search for her biological parents came to a dark conclusion this week when she discovered her mother was a murder victim who had remained unidentified for 40 years.
Christine Marie Salley begun looking for her mother and father in 2018, even hiring a private investigator to try and track them down.
A break in the search finally came this month when the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office contacted her to tell her that her DNA — submitted by the investigator to GEDMatch in December — matched a Jane Doe killed in 1980 in Southern California.
The sheriff’s office was then able to identify their Jane Doe as Pamela Dianne Duffey, who was listed as Salley’s biological mother on her adoption paperwork. She was 21-years-old when she was murdered.
Howard Neal admitted to killing both William Everette Lane and Pamela Dianne Duffey.San Bernardino County Sheriff/Twitter
In November 1980, an archaeologist discovered the remains of a male and