Mar 31, 1974 Judy Rivera, Page 1

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Mar 31, 1974 Judy Rivera, Page 1 - lnqucsl verdict set Judy's death not accidental...
lnqucsl verdict set Judy's death not accidental By STEVE COOPER Sun-Telegram Sun-Telegram Sun-Telegram Staff Writer FONTANA - Three-year-old Three-year-old Three-year-old Three-year-old Three-year-old Judy Rivera died at the hands of another, other than by accident. . That was the decision of a coroner's inquest jury yesterday after two days of weighing the evidence surrounding the disappearance of the child. Coroner Bill Hill primarily devoted yesterday to expert testimony concerning the bones of a small child discovered Feb. 1, 1973 in the Jurupa Hills of north Fontana. The first day of the inquest had dramatically examined the life of Judy Rivera. The inquest concluded with the jury reaching the verdict that the bones were those of the girl. The main points of evidence linking Judy and the skeleton were a rare bone formation; malformed thigh bones; hair Deep Creek fire near containment LAKE ARROWHEAD -Firemen -Firemen last nfcht had nearly contained a 40 acre brush fire burning over remote, rugged terrain in Deep Creek, three miles northeast of here. Good weather aided five retardant tanker planes and nearly 150 men througho:t the day, said U.S. Forest Service spokesmen. The blaze caused no structure damage or serious injuries and was not expected to spread much further. Firefighters said tiiey would probably have the flames under comrol by 6 a.m. today. All but 25 men had been released from the fire last night and officials did not plan to request any aerial retardant retardant drops today. The biggest problems encountered during the blaze were winds which occasionally occasionally reached 25 miles per hour in the canyon bottom and the area's inaccessibility, said Fire Information Officer Dave Flohr. A rough road is the only loute into the area, he said. A raging 2,000 acre brush fire SO miles north of Blythe was brought under control control yesterday after one man was killed during te fight to contain it, authorities said. Fordner Van Stark, 48, of Parker, Ariz., diea when he apparently became disorienlc.1 in the dust and smoke and drove his bulldozer over a 30-foot 30-foot 30-foot embankment, embankment, a Bureau of Indian Affairs spokesman said. found with the skelton and the size of the child. Anthropologists and hone specialists, Dr. Judy Suchy of California State University, Fullerton, and Dr. Stewart Shermis, of California State University, Long Beach, were called in to testify about their studies of the bones. Dr. Suchy said they were the bones of a child between 2 and four years of age and the skull had an extra bone, called an apical hone, that is found in less than 5 per cent of the population. She was then shown X-rays X-rays X-rays of Judy which were taken in late 1961 and X-rays X-rays X-rays taken of the remains in 1973. She said the extra bone appeared in each. She also said that the thigh bones of the skeleton she examined were "different "different from normal" and the person would have great difficulty walking. Several persons, including two family members, said the girl had not been able to walk normally. Dr. Shermis backed his colleague and added that hair found with the skeleton was the dark, straight hair typical of many Mexican-Americans. Mexican-Americans. Mexican-Americans. Then he shed light on how the child may have died. "There were several ribs, next to each other in succession, that were fractured inwards," he said. He added that they were apparently broken very close to the time of death or shortly after. "Could they have been broken by a blow from outside the body?" asked Hill. "Yes," replied the doctor adding that five ribs were broken. Shermis said the blow could have come from a fist or foot. He then testified that the fractured ribs would have punctured the child's lungs and that would be the probable cause of death. Also questioned yesterday was Fontana Fontana Police Detective Larry Murray, who with Det. Frank Donlon, headed the investigation of the Rivera family. He said every reported missing child from the area was eliminated, although twice the detectives thought they had discovered the identity. One wrong lead had to be checked through several Southern states before the child was found to be still with his parents. Then, in November, 1973, the detectives detectives learned of the Rivera baby through a Ventura County probation officer who heard of Judy through her sister, Irma. Although the parents refused to talk (Continued on B 5, Column 1)

Clipped from The San Bernardino County Sun31 May 1974, FriPage 17

The San Bernardino County Sun (San Bernardino, California)31 May 1974, FriPage 17
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