Patricia Cavallaro Wiki – Patricia Cavallaro Biography
Patricia Cavallaro was found wrapped in a plastic sheet and buried in a shallow grave near Thousand Palms in 1994 has been identified by authorities nearly three decades later.
The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office announced Monday that the remains belonged to Cavallaro of Bellflower after her DNA was matched with one of her surviving children.
She was 57 years old.
Patricia Cavallaro Was Found Dead in 1994
The remains of an unidentified woman were found nearly three decades ago wrapped in a plastic cover. They dumped in a shallow grave in a California desert town identified as a New York native.
Riverside County District Attorney officials announced Monday that a DNA match confirmed the remains belonged to 57-year old Patricia Cavallaro, who had been reported missing since 2001.
Cavallaro’s remains were found on Oct. 24, 1994, by people who were digging up debris and spotted the shallow grave in the Thousand Palms area in eastern Riverside County, Calif.
Coroner officials declared the cause of death as “homicidal violence,” but how she died is still unknown, said DA Supervising Investigator Ryan Bodmer.
“We believe we had her identified, which led us to do the additional investigation that we never would’ve been able to do had we not done a genealogical tree,” Bodmer said. “It’s not just identifying the victims who would have remained unknown but obviously to arrest the perpetrator of the crime and bring them to justice. But identifying the victims is also a very big deal for the families.”
Ancestry records show Cavallaro was born in 1937 in Oneida, New York but moved to California when she married in 1956. She had two children and settled in Bellflower, Calif. before her husband reported missing in 2001.
Cavallaro’s husband, who died in 2017, told investigators that his wife vanished after leaving their home.
Meanwhile, the remains found in 1994 were unidentified for years. A national database for unknown and missing persons noted blue shorts, a red blouse and underwear were found with the partial skeletal parts, but there was no identification or jewellery.
The Riverside County DA’s Regional Cold Case Homicide Team, which was formed in 2020, took the case and sent a sample of the remains to Texas-based laboratory Othram Inc. The team has about 700 cold points to date.
Meanwhile, investigators also gathered information from old reports and records to put together a potential family tree. They also used data from a Private DNA service company called GEDmatch.com.
Using genetic matches from GEDmatch and their potential family tree, investigators could locate Cavallaro’s biological son, who then provided his DNA sample to the state Missing and Unidentified Persons System.
The state Department of Justice issued a final report and confirmed the remains were Cavallaro in mid-December.