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« Reply #15 on: Jun 24th, 2006, 7:07pm »


CHARLOTTE -- It has been nine years since Charlotte native and North Carolina State University student Kristen Modafferi disappeared while on summer break in San Francisco.

The case remains unsolved, but her family has not given up on their search.

According to the Kristen Foundation, which was established in her name, her status as a missing person has been changed to criminal abduction.

The foundation has posted six new billboards around the area where she might have last been seen.

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« Reply #16 on: Feb 7th, 2007, 6:16pm »

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, Calif. -- Human bones have been found not far from the area where a teen from Charlotte disappeared nearly a decade ago.

Kristin Modafferi was spending time in San Francisco in 1997 when she went missing.

A utility worker found bones in Santa Clara County, Calif., just outside of San Francisco, on Wednesday.

Investigators say the bone are of an adult and have probably been in the location no more than three years.

Those bones have been sent to the coroner's office where workers will try to extract DNA to determine whose they are.

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« Reply #17 on: Feb 8th, 2007, 10:08am »


By Connie Skipitares
Mercury News

Not a day goes by that Jess and Georgette Sanchez don't think about their daughter, Jeanine Harms, the 42-year-old Los Gatos woman who disappeared nearly six years ago.

``We talk about her every day, about all kinds of things we remember about her,'' said Jess Sanchez, 79, of Campbell.

But this week, as news surfaced that a collection of human bones was discovered in the Santa Cruz Mountains, their conversations turned into anxiety. The nervous parents once again face the possibility that the remains could be those of Harms.

The anxious waiting isn't new. Several times over the years, the remote woods of the Santa Cruz Mountains have yielded human remains. Each time, the tormented parents steel themselves. Each time, they hope it is Harms so they can have closure. But they also are terrified about facing her death.

``Every time we hear about remains being found we don't know if we should be glad or sad,'' Jess Sanchez said. ``We have always hoped that before we die that her remains are found so we can bury her.''

Harms, an employee at Sunnyvale's Fujitsu, disappeared in July 2001 after a late-night date with Campbell architect Maurice Xavier Nasmeh, whom she had just met that night. Police say he was the last person to see her alive at her Los Gatos duplex. Nasmeh was arrested more than three years later and charged with her murder, despite the absence of a body.

The 6th District Court of Appeal will hear arguments this month over whether police overstepped a warrant to search Nasmeh's car, which yielded critical evidence. Nasmeh has been in Santa Clara County Jail without bail since his December 2004 arrest.

ID to take time

The Sanchezes' phone has been ringing constantly this week with calls from family and friends asking about the discovery of several dozen bones -- part of an adult torso along a steep, wooded ravine near Bear Creek Road. The Santa Clara County coroner's office and sheriff's department says it's far too soon to make a positive identification. That could take anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, according to sheriff's Sgt. Ed Wise.

``Every time the phone rings now I jump a little,'' Georgette Sanchez said. ``I don't know what kind of news it's going to be.''

Sanchez said she had a hard time sleeping Tuesday night. ``Everything was running through my head. We went to bed with the 11 o'clock news, then we got up at 5 a.m. on Wednesday to see if there was anything new.''

So far the only description of the bones is that they are of a small-framed person, although not a child. Age and gender are not known. Harms was 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighed about 120 pounds.

Other missing woman

Deborah Modafferi, the mother of 18-year-old Kristen Modafferi, who disappeared almost 10 years ago in San Francisco, says she tries not to get worked up over news of remains found in the Bay Area.

``This has happened a number of times,'' said Modafferi, who lives in Charlotte, N.C. ``We don't overreact. We don't allow ourselves to overreact, not until we hear some real news.''

Kristen Modafferi, a student at the University of California-Berkeley, vanished one afternoon in 1997 after leaving her summer job at a San Francisco coffee shop.

The Sanchezes say that as difficult as it is, they have no choice but to wait for the results of DNA tests that authorities hope will identify the bones. They are trying to prepare for the idea that their wait could finally end.

``We've lived with this so long now,'' said Jess Sanchez, a quiet former high school principal. ``We just have to cope. We have no choice.''

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« Reply #18 on: Feb 20th, 2007, 09:44am »

By Connie Skipitares


Santa Clara County sheriff's detectives returned to the Santa Cruz Mountains Friday to search a ravine off Bear Creek Road where several dozen bones forming a human torso were found 16 days ago.

Authorities have not been able to identify the remains, but they did announce Friday that the bones are likely those of an adult between the ages of 16 and 24. Gender cannot be determined because no pelvis or skull was found.

The bones have yielded no DNA, said Sheriff's Sgt. Ed Wise. ``So we wanted to make an extra effort to go out there again and try to identify the remains. We'd like to try to get some answers for some of the families out there.''

Wise said Friday night that searchers found nothing at the site. They plan to return today.

The remains have sparked a great deal of interest among families of several missing persons. Among them are 18-year-old Kristen Modafferi and 33-year-old Elizabeth Whited, both of San Francisco; 27-year-old Tony Jenkins of San Jose; 42-year-old Ylva Hagner of Palo Alto; and 42-year-old Jeanine Sanchez Harms of Los Gatos.

Wise said the new search wasn't sparked by any tips or new discoveries by anyone in the Bear Creek Road area. ``Sometimes, when you investigate something you see it one way so you try to think about how else you can go at it. We just thought `Hey, what else can we do to make an effort above and beyond what we normally do?' ''

Wise said it isn't uncommon for scavenging animals to drag parts of bodies away, so detectives wanted to expand the scope of their original search.

After searching Feb. 5-7, about 40 bones -- ribs, arms, spine and collarbone -- were found in about a 30-square-foot part of a steep ravine off Bear Creek Road near Summit Road. No clothing or personal effects were found.

The bones were not buried, but had been covered by leaves, brush and tree limbs that fell on the forest floor over a few years. Some of the bones stuck up out of the brush.

About 15 detectives from the sheriff's department and the Campbell Police Department, as well as three cadaver dogs, took part in the new search, which Wise said was scheduled to end at dusk Friday.

The Campbell Police Department was involved because officers already had been working with the sheriff's department on crime scene training. Campbell officers joined sheriff's detectives in their initial search in early February.

That search took place a few days after a Pacific Gas & Electric contractor found the bones Feb. 1. He called authorities Feb. 5 to report his discovery, on the upper part of a ravine off Bear Creek Road, near Summit Road just south of Los Gatos.

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xx Tenth anniversary of girls' disappearance
« Reply #19 on: Jun 23rd, 2007, 11:00pm »

By FRANCES KUO / WCNC

Charlotte, N.C. -- It's a case that has stumped investigators for a decade.

Saturday marks the 10th anniversary of the day Kristen Modafferi disappeared in the San Francisco area. Modafferi is from the Charlotte area and members of the group founded in her name -- the Kristen Modafferi Foundation -- are making sure she isn't forgotten. Members held a fundraiser at St. Matthew Catholic Church on Ballantyne Commons Parkway Saturday, selling bracelets and cookbooks with her graduation picture on them. All the proceeds will go to the foundation which helps in the search efforts for Kristen and other missing people.

Kristen was 18 years old and had just finished her freshman year at NC State when she disappeared. She was working and studying in the San Francisco area at the time. Foul play is suspected, but police don't have many leads.

Most recently, the case has received some help from the FBI.

Kristen's parents say it still feels like yesterday when she disappeared, and they refuse to give up hope.

"We still have hope that someday we will have answers to what happened to Kristen," said Debbie Modafferi, Kristen's mother. "We believe in our hearts that some day we will be reunited with Kristen. Maybe not here on earth, but we will be reunited."

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