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Two Men Arrested For Deaths Of Two Middle-School Girls In 1973


The Yuba County Sheriff's Department says it has solved the 1973 shotgun deaths of two middle-school-age girls. Two men have been arrested.

The bodies of Valerie Janice Lane and Doris Karen Derryberry were found Nov. 12, 1973 off of a dirt road near Camp Far West.

Their mothers had reported them missing a few hours before.

The sheriff's department says it conducted 60 interviews and kept the investigation open for three years, but was unable to crack the case because DNA testing did not exist at the time.

The department re-opened the case two years ago and submitted pieces of evidence to the California Department of Justice Forensics Labs.

The sheriff's department says the DNA on the evidence was matched to Larry Don Patterson and William Lloyd Harbour. Both men were 22 at the time of the killings and lived in Olivehurst.

Harbour still lives in Olivehurst. Patterson was arrested in Oklahoma.


Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

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