Santa Maria Times from Santa Maria, California on September 5, 1984 · 3
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Santa Maria Times from Santa Maria, California · 3

Santa Maria, California
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Wednesday, September 5, 1984
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I T M M v r m uuuuiuiq (o;v wy(iuk5o Detective not overly optimistic By Randy Uhl Times Staff Writer Over a year has passed since the desiccated bodies of two young Swedish women were found east of Santa Maria, yet the scaled-down seach for their killer goes on. A naive belief that dancer could be side-stepped may have led to the i I j . i . - . . stabbing deaths nf 2fi.vpar.nM Maria Wahlen and 23-year-old Marie Lilienberg, hitchhiking companions from Sweden. Scores of questions remain unanswered about the turn of events from the time the women left Redwood City on July 22, 1983, to the day' their near-skeletal bodies were found about three weeks later. Detective Bruce Correll of the Santa Barbara County Sheriffs Department has been investigating the case since the womens' remains were found in the Los Padres National Forest about 25 miles east of Santa Maria. Hunters Bryan Gibbons and Mike Brunick, both of Santa Maria, found the carefully-hidden bodies by chance on Aug. 18, 1983. The investigation, and speculation into the deaths, continues. But Correll said there have been no breakthroughs that could' lead to a suspect. What is known is that the women met in Vail, Colo, early in 1983 and decided to travel together. Their journey took them to Hawaii and throughout the West Coast before they stayed a short time with friends in Redwood City, where they were last seen alive. Despite advice from numerous acquaintances, and against their aria Uon Un nnl QO I -J Police round-up Evelyn Pritchard, 32, Santa Maria, and an unidentified 7-year-old passenger were treated for minor injuries at Marian Medical Center and released following a two-vehicle collision at College. Drive and Main Street Tuesday. The accident occurred at about 8:30 a m. when Armond Enciso, 22, Santa Maria, allegedly drove, through a red light and his car was struck broadside by Pritchard's pickup truck. Enciso and two pas-. sengers complained of pain but declined medicajtreatment. Joe L. Armenta, 45, Santa Maria, was charged with possession of drug injecting paraphernalia and resisting arrest after a traffic stop Tuesday afternoon in the 1800 block of North Railroad Avenue. Armenta allegedly tried to run from the scene but was caught by a motorcycle officer in a nearby field. Gilbert . Garcia, 19, Santa Maria, was arrested at the same time on outstanding warrants for violation of probation for theft, resisting arrest and battery. Burglaries were reported Tuesday to residences in the 1800 block of North Depot Street and the 100 block of West Liberty Street. I'm planning for a baby and I wanted the very best, so I asked a friend, and she recommended Marian Medical Center. MARIAN MEDICAL CENTER Jt m. r? J fathers' requests, the young women continued to hitchhike, Correll said. From Redwood City, the women planned to hitchhike to Los Angeles and catch a flight to New York before flying home to Sweden. They notified their fathers of their intentions. It is not known how they left Redwood City, how many rides they uvunwvM vivm j . - ...u - ,.,urA K,f . ... were killed. Correll said. But he and other investigators believe the women were killed within 48 hours after leaving Redwood City on July 22. That belief stems from the discovery of their backpacks and other T remember having (the fathers) look at the jewelry and seeing the tears in their eyes.' personal belongings just two days after their Redwood City departure. "We're certain that they were dead prior to their belongings being found," Correll said. The items were found in a dumps-ter at a service station in the City of Commerce and contained undeveloped film and Wahlen's diary, Correll said. Wahlen documented her entire trip with recordings of each day's activties in her diary. There was no entry made for July 22. 1983 or thereafter, so investigators speculate the women were killed that day. . Trustees approve $1 AHC adopts 1984-85 budget By Steve Crummy Times Staff Writer Allan Hancock College trustees Tuesday adopted a 1984-85 budget of $15.4 million. The budget includes anticipated revenues of over $14 million, with more than $1 million in reserve. Salaries for teachers and other college employees will take about $11 million, up from $10 million for the 1983-84 year. Total expenses for the year are projected at $14.5 million, with a $250,000 carryover. Despite fewer students attending classes, the state revenue is more than last year's, due mainly to cost-of-living increases, according to college officials. Enrollment has dropped 13 percent over last fall, attendance figures show. Revenues are allotted based on enrollment, and the decline reduced the amount of possible funding the college could have received. ; Superintendent Gary Edelbrock said some funding may be restored, since the loss of students is statewide. He estimated that Los Angeles community colleges have lost $15 million in possible funds based on The Primary Provider of OB-GYN Services On The Central Coast 1400 E. Church St. - Sanla Maria, Ca mm U year-old case In addition, the film was developed and provided no clues to the. murder even though the women had a habit of photographing everyone who gave them rides while hitchhiking. Furthermore, investigators did not immediately learn of the belongings being found because the family that found, them had only i ail ill Y ilia v iuuuui ui,tii iiau wiw - . ...(,. 0 area from a Middle bastern country and were not sure how to communicate with authorities, Correll said. The victims' disappearance came to light about a week afterthey left Ilrucv (Utrrrli Sheriffs in vvstifialor. Redwood City and was triggered by their fathers' concerns about their being late in returning home, Correll said. "They were so certain that something bad-natured had happened to their daughters," he said, adding that the fathers were concerned about "the perils of life in the United States." That concern turned to action and the victims' fathers, Ove Lilienberg and Lars Wahlen, soon arrived in San Francisco and held news conferences a'sking for help in finding their daughters. 5.4 million plan average daily attendance figures. The state proposes to restore a portion of funds if the student decline statewide reaches a certain level. In other action, Quintron Telephone Systems, Inc. of Santa Maria had a winning bid of $229,800 to develop a telecommunications systems at Hancock. Hancock will purchase the existing cable from General Telephone of Santa Maria for $9,500. The college hired Walsh, Lowe and Associates of Connecticut to review the bids. 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FAUX ' i er recifi will be solved Fanned by extensive media coverage and offers of a reward, ' speculation about where the women were and whether they were alive or dead spread quickly. Much of the speculation ended when the bodies were found near Santa Maria, and when jewelry at the scene was identified by the fathers as that belonging to their , h4 UhtA . "I remember having (the fath ers) look at the jewelry and seeing the tears in their eyes," Correll said. But identification of the bodies . did little to help solve the double slaying. Questions about the time, location and motive for the murders remain unanswered because there was so little evidence where the bodies were found, Correll said. It since has been determined that the women were stabbed to death, but it is not known whether there was one or more killers. Investigators initially withheld the cause of death and now explain they did so to weed out those who might make a false confession to the killings. Correll theorizes that the victims were killed by a "serial killer," one who pathologically kills many victims at many sites, often thousands of miles apart. A killer roaming free, somewhat similar to convicted murderers Kenneth Bianchi, Ted Bundy, Wayne Williams or John Wayne Gacy may have been responsible for the Lilienberg and Wahlen deaths, Correll said. The best chance of solving the Swedish murder case now rests system and how it could be improved. An energy use report presented to the board showed substantial energy savings have been achieved during the last five years. The college energy committee was formed in 1979, and in five years of turning lights out, using energy-efficient equipment, adding timing devices to curcuits and other measures, the college has reduced, electru al use by more than 1 million kilowatts per year, and natural gas by 130,000 therms a year, according to the report. up 1 19 t v nwiv v , At Valley Federal, your RV loan can be approved in just 24 hours. 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"The only thing that makes this case so interesting is that they ' 1 I mi .. mm ' i mi ii. i Auto ignites five-acre blaze along 166 About 5 acres of grass' and oak-covered hillside burned Tuesday in a fire about 20 miles east of Santa Maria on Highway 166. The estimated 40 firefighters My heartfelt thanks to all who extended comforting sympathy and help in my recent 'sorrow. Thanks also to Pastor Trelstad for the beautiful service. Thanks also for the beautiful floral offerings, cards and memorials and other kindnesses. A special thanks to the Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary and the American Legion Post 56 for their loving kindnesses. Elizabeth Avery to cn OFF & MORE Stop in during our "Simply Sensational Summer Sale" IbQA HOURS: TUES.-SAT. 10:00-5:00 P.M. W. MAIN-SANTA MARIA RV loans that get you rolling. . . in.24 hours! Timai. Wtdnudav S.ot. 5. 19243 r. mysifeiry Correll poses at a desk. TimesTom Mooneyham were foreigners," he said. "Many girls are missing and no one hears a thing about them." The notoriety received from the murders did not hamper the investigation, Correll said, adding that he welcomes such attention because it often results in people coming forward with information which may help solve the case. Correll also said it's likely the murderer in the Swedish case killed others before and after the deaths of Lilienberg and Wahlen. "It's just a common tragedy," he lamented. the scene had the blaze, reported at 10:55 a.m., under control about two hours later, said Chuck Sheen, district engineer for the U.S. Forest Service. Save on all. our summer stock including suits & dresses. S hop in a .... conditioned .nmfort- Current ' Rata Annual Percentage Rate 13.712 13.7127c Valley Federal Saving s GnnvrCitv4SI-;iOll San Luis ObNpo 511-0',).' Santa Maria !)J."vSt)47

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