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11/03/09 2:24 PM
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I am so sorry about your aunt--It was a horrible time in the valley and I keep checking to see if they catch the monster -no one in my family can forget her
---My brother was only 13 when he and my dad found Kristen--they were fishing -My brother still has nightmares--and for a long time he and my dad would wake
up in the middle of the screaming.
I hope that your family keeps after the authorities to solve your aunts murder and send the monster to the electric chair-
11/29/09 9:55 PM
12/15/09 11:56 AM
Is this the Christina White case solved by Major Ed Dames and his RV Team?
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March 26, 2010, 3:07 pm
The excavation of a vacant lot on First Street in Asotin Friday morning failed to reveal any sign of a child missing since 1979. Asotin County Sheriff's Detective Jackie Nichols said information that a root cellar existed on the site of a burned house at 504 First St. at the time Christina White, 12, disappeared during the Asotin County Fair in April 1979 led to the search. The now vacant lot is next door to the house where White was last seen. http://www.lmtribune.com
03/27/10 1:45 AM
Asotin County Sheriff& Detective Jackie Nichols (black jacket) and retired Pullman Po...
ASOTIN - When it was apparent Friday that yet another attempt to locate the body of a child missing since 1979 was going to be unsuccessful, Asotin County Sheriff's Detective Jackie Nichols was quiet but not defeated.
"I'm kind of hopeful. Some of the physical evidence from the Lewiston (Civic Theater) cases is being re-examined. Maybe something will come of that," she said.
Christina White has been missing since the Saturday night of the Asotin County Fair in April 1979. No trace of the girl or her bicycle has been found, although a number of searches have been initiated over the years by her family and by law enforcement. The civic theater case was three years later. Three people were thought to be missing from the theater one night; the bodies of two were found later, but the third, a man, was never discovered, although he is also believed by authorities to be a victim.
One person who no longer lives in this area is the only suspect at this time in the White case, Nichols said. The same person is a suspect in the civic theater cases.
The excavation of the vacant lot at 504 First St. in Asotin, at the intersection of two busy downtown highways, was just the most recent search for the Asotin girl.
Like another search a year ago in January, this one was the result of someone telling Nichols about an old root cellar that was still accessible when White disappeared, even though the house above it had burned a few years earlier.
The site was particularly interesting, Nichols said, because it is next door to the house where White went to call her mother just before she disappeared.
After talking with law enforcement officers to confirm this site hadn't been searched, Nichols went to the owner of the vacant lot who recalled the cellar was about 10 feet square and had a dirt floor. With the consent of that owner and the people who became the new owners Friday afternoon, she did some minor digging, locating what seemed to be an old foundation, then asked the county's public works department for assistance with a backhoe and front-end loader.
It was the opportune time to search because the new owners plan to build a house there in a couple years, Nichols said. After that, digging would be all but impossible.
Still, she conceded shortly after Glenn Scharnhorst began pulling dirt out of the first of several contiguous holes, "It's kind of a long shot. I don't really anticipate we're going to find something, but it's an area that hadn't been searched before."
Nichols and Randy Martz, a retired Pullman police detective, have been working on the old case since Nichols was named a detective a couple of years ago. Before then, the records were dumped into a box in no particular order. Martz, who is volunteering his time, spent a month organizing them into three three-ring binders so the two of them could start looking for anything that might have been missed or changed over the years.
"Any time I can work on this case, I try to, but it is difficult because we have a full case load of current cases," Nichols said.
Why does she spend her own time on a 31-year-old case? "One, I think, for the family's sake. To have a child that's missing and not know what happened to that child has got to be about the worst feeling in the world.
"I feel like the sheriff's office didn't handle the case very well in the beginning. It didn't take it seriously and didn't work with the family very well."
And she's a mother with four children. "I can't imagine not knowing where my child is."
Nichols was the one who climbed down into a 12-foot-deep cistern beneath the neighboring house where White was last seen to break out the floor in case there was something underneath. That was 14 months ago. Investigators had never heard of it until the present owner called to say it was found beneath a patched floor in a back room.
They were ready to bet paychecks on finding something there, said Carl Flynn of the public works department. This time, they were a little less optimistic, but still hopeful, as a rock wall was uncovered, then slabs of concrete and mortared brick, and finally just shovel after shovel of sand and fine dirt with a little charcoal and broken tile from the house fire, and an occasional pipe or root.
John and Kay Eder of Seattle watched almost every minute of the 41/2-hour excavation. They delayed closing on the property by a few hours, not because they might have changed their minds, Kay Eder said, but because they wanted to be there. They also told Nichols when they're ready to build they will tell the builders to watch for anything out of the ordinary when they excavate for the basement.
They also got some firewood out of the deal, they joked. They allowed two trees to be taken out to simplify digging and will bring a chain saw on their next trip.
Lee may be contacted at [email protected] http://www.lmtribune.com
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08/31/11 2:32 PM
The mention of evidence and DNA testing.......has the police thought about testing the article of clothing that was brought to their office that was found and believed to be that of K. Nelson's? I often wonder if they kept the clothing or if they disposed of it. I wonder why they spent the afternoon following us after we turned it in....we were just family desperately trying to find the missing girls. I was a little girl when they came up missing and never remember meeting them; however, I think of them often as they murders remain unsolved. Could that piece of clothing hold DNA evidence that has not been tested?
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