Out of the blue phone call solves cold case murder

April 8, 2010 6:51:19 PM PDT
A phone call out of the blue has helped close the books on a 22-year-old cold case.

In fact, it has been exactly 22 years since Lysandra Turpin was reported missing in Humboldt County on the north coast.

A few weeks ago, a man called the sheriff's department and said he watched his father kill the woman after holding and abusing her for several weeks in their home in Fieldbrook, outside of Eureka.

Detectives found Turpin's remains in a ditch, where the caller said his father had forced him to help dispose of the body and burn it.

He also said his father had held several women prisoner, in a hollowed out tree stump, where investigators found some clothing, carpeting, and a hypodermic syringe.

The killer was identified as Ernest Christie, a meth user who died four years ago. His son, now living in North Carolina, was 16 at the time, and will not be charged.


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